Biography | Marc Garneau | Federal Liberal Candidate for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount

Biography

Veteran, astronaut and long-time community leader, Marc Garneau has served his community as Member of Parliament since 2008.

He received his early education in Quebec City and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Kingston in 1970, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, in 1973. He attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College of Toronto in 1982 and 1983.

Marc has served his country his entire professional career, beginning with the Royal Canadian Navy, where he worked 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.

He made history in 1984 by becoming the first Canadian astronaut to fly in space as a payload specialist. In 1989, he was named Deputy Director of the Canadian Astronaut Program. A veteran of three space flights, Marc has logged over 677 hours in space. He was later appointed Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and then President, before departing from the agency in 2005 to pursue a career in politics.

In 2003, Minister Garneau was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, having been appointed as an Officer in 1984. In 2003, he was also named Chancellor of Carleton University. In 2014, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Minister Garneau has served as the Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, and prior to that Westmount—Ville-Marie, since 2008. In 2015, he was named Minister of Transport. As Minister of Transport from 2015 to 2021, he 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.

Since January 2021, Marc has served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As your Member of Parliament, Marc Garneau has always been a strong advocate for his community, working tirelessly to make life better for families and to protect our environment. Alongside Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team, Marc is committed to being the voice of constituents in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, and will continue to move our country forward.