Q&A: Ex-Astronaut Garneau Seeks to Guide Science, Space Policies from Parliament

Garneau’s next mission: bring science to politics
CBC News

“Even before Liberal member of Parliament Marc Garneau won his riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie, the former astronaut was no stranger to politics, having served as head of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 until 2006 and then losing a bid to win a seat in the House of Commons in the 2006 federal election.

“Now Garneau, who for years distinguished himself as a scientist and Canada’s first man in space, finds himself in an unusual position of trying to bring science and technology issues to the forefront, not as an administrator, but as a critic.

“Garneau, the Liberal party science and technology critic, will be asked to weigh in on the Conservative government’s policies on familiar topics such as space and research funding, but also, alongside new industry critic Gerrard Kennedy, on areas such as internet neutrality and copyright reform.”