Ex-astronaut Marc Garneau launches federal Liberal leadership bid

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Marc Garneau

MONTREAL — Former astronaut Marc Garneau has joined the race to become leader of the federal Liberals.

The Montreal MP made the announcement at a news   conference in his home riding this morning.

Garneau joins a crowded field that includes fellow Montreal MP — and leadership favourite —Justin Trudeau.

The 63-year-old Garneau was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.

The Quebec City native became the first Canadian in space when he flew aboard the Challenger shuttle in 1984.

Garneau served as president of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005 before jumping into politics.

Organizations: Liberals.The Montreal MP, House of Commons, Canadian Space Agency

Geographic location: MONTREAL, Quebec City

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  • political junkie
    November 28, 2012 - 17:19


  • pumpkin
    November 28, 2012 - 12:12

    Great news, now all the Liberals need is a few brain surgeons and they'll regain their position as the Natural Governing Party. After all, with brain surgeons and astronauts, how could they possibly lose?

  • Karen
    November 28, 2012 - 11:06

    This guy should be the next leader! Forget about the hype around "Pierre Lite".