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Science still matters to former astronaut Garneau who will speak here April 3

BRACEBRIDGE – Liberal MP and former astronaut Marc Garneau will be here April 3 to tell you that science still matters to him – and it should to you.

Listen for him to talk about the Conservative government’s treatment of science and scientists, which many critics say is muzzling any of the federal government’s scienfitc “employees” who stray off the Stephen Harper message.

Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge on Science Matters – a subject on which he can speak with authority.

On Oct. 5, 1984, Garneau made history when he became the first Canadian to fly in space as part of a NASA Shuttle Mission. He went on to fly in two more shuttle missions logging more than 670 hours in space.

Born in Quebec City, at age 16  he attended Royal Military College in Saint-Jean, Quebec. At 20, Garneau’s love of adventure led him to join a 13-man crew that sailed the Atlantic from Rhode Island to Cork, Ireland in an 18-metre yawl. He did this in 20 days. The following summer he duplicated the feat on the return trip.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College in Kingston, he completed a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at London, England’s Imperial College of Science and Technology. He went on to study at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto.

As a Naval Officer, he served as a Combat Systems Engineer on HMCS Algonquin, and rose to the rank of Captain before retiring from the Navy in 1989. But it was in 1983 that, he applied and was selected as one of the original six Canadian astronauts from more than 4,000 applicants.

He was President of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005, where he oversaw a staff of 700 and managed an annual budget of $300 million. As President, he developed the Canadian Space Strategy, which defines the mandate and long term goals of the Canadian Space Program.

Garneau also served as Chancellor of Carleton University in Ottawa; was a member of Ontario’s Executive Committee on Transboundary Air Pollution; is a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Elected to the House of Commons in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for Westmount–Ville-Marie, Garneau has served as critic for Industry, Science and Technology, critic for Natural Resources, and House Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He is now the Senior Liberal Science critic.

Garneau lives in Montreal with his wife Pamela Soame. They have four children: Adrien, George, Yves and Simone.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance call: 705-224-9461. Advance: $15; at the door: $20; students: $10.

Presented by the Parry Sound Muskoka Federal Liberal Association.

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