Marc Garneau was Canada’s first man in space. The date was October 1984. Garneau was chosen from among 4,000 applicants to be among a group of six who trained to fly on the renowned NASA Space Shuttle missions.
The Quebec City native, a commander in the Canadian navy, was an avid seaman having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice in his early 20s in a 59-foot yacht. The RMC graduate in engineering earned a doctorate from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London and spent the next 10 years as a combat systems engineer.
Garneau flew on the shuttle three times, the last in 2000 aboard Endeavour. He left the program to become president of the Canadian Space Agency in 2001 and stayed until 2005, when he decided to run for public office. Marc Garneau now sits as the MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grace–Westmount and is minister of transport in the Trudeau cabinet. Catherine Clark spoke to Marc Garneau in Ottawa.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.