The Honourable Marc Garneau began his service to Canada in the Royal Canadian Navy, working as a combat systems engineer aboard the HMCS Algonquin in 1974. He was later promoted to commander and naval captain, before retiring from the Navy in 1989.
Mr. Garneau was one of six Canadian astronauts selected out of over 4,000 candidates in 1983. In 1984, he made history by becoming the first Canadian astronaut to fly in space on Shuttle Mission 41-G. In 1989, he was named Deputy Director of the Canadian Astronaut Program. He was later appointed Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Space Agency and then President, before leaving in 2005 to pursue a career in politics.
The Honourable Marc Garneau has served as a Member of Parliament since 2008. In October 2008 he was elected in the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Westmount—Ville-Marie and, in his first mandate, served as the Liberal critic for Industry, Science and Technology as well as the Leader’s representative for Québec. He was re-elected in Westmount—Ville-Marie in May 2011 and served as House Leader for the Liberal Party and Critic for Foreign Affairs. He was re-elected for a third time in 2015 in the district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount.
On November 4th, 2015, he was named Minister of Transport. As Minister of Transport from 2015 to 2021, Minister Garneau worked tirelessly to move forward with important measures to improve safety across all modes of transportation like Canada’s new Passenger Bill of Rights, the Safer Skies Initiative, and the Oceans Protection Plan.
Marc Garneau also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from January to October 2021. During his tenure, he continued to pursue diplomatic efforts leading to the return of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, imprisoned by the Chinese government. In addition, he was heavily involved in the operation to evacuate Canadians and Afghans from Afghan territory after it fell to the Taliban.
Since then, Marc Garneau has been appointed Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Northern Affairs (INAN), as well as Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD).
In August 2003, Minister Garneau was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, and in 2014, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.