Garneau gets in

The Liberal MP and former astronaut joins the Liberal leadership race.

To that end, our number one priority must be the economy. Because how we propose to deal with the economy will be crucial, not only to our fortunes, but our country’s. If the Liberal Party is to again become the choice for Canadians, it will be because we are acting on their single most important issue of concern: the economy.

Canada is too diverse, too dynamic, too smart to simply be the sum of our natural resources. As leader, I will place a relentless focus on the development of a balanced, creative, knowledge-based economy. We must drive investment into start-ups; create real job opportunities for our youth; and streamline our tax system by cutting taxes for everyone instead of just the favored few. We must restore Canada to a competitive, respected position globally.




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Garneau gets in

  1. We have lift-off….yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    • Now that is truly funny! :)

  2. Marc Garneau is a Great Canadian, and as a Liberal, I am very proud that someone of his stature and accomplishment wants to lead the party, and the nation. Now, we have a race that cannot but impress Canadians, and I hope you all stop and kick the tires.

  3. Stephen Harper is a Great Canadian, and as a Conservative, I am very proud that someone of his stature and accomplishment wants to lead the party, and the nation. Now, we have a race that cannot but impress Canadians, and I hope you all stop and kick the tires.

    • Thank you, Francien, imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery! BTW, what race are you referring to? The article we are here discussing does not mention any Conservative race — oh, you must have insider knowledge that harper is waddling, I mean, stepping down?

      • You are most welcome, patchouli. I am referring to the only race which counts, of course: federal elections.

        Are you kidding – Harper stepping down? Not until a few years from now when Carney is done in Britain to come home and lead the CPC to a new decade of electoral victories.

        PS: The article we are discussing is one of Wherry’s, is it not? You may not know this, but to most readers it is very clear that Wherry looooooves to refer back to Harper and the CPC whenever possible, so I thought I do you both a favour.

        • Would be weird for a national political writer to not mention the prime minister, wouldn’t it, Francien? Anyway, you may not know this, but people here consider you a troll, taking wildly partisan swings whether your comment is relevant to the article or not. To be fair to you, perhaps comprehension is more difficult since English is your second language?

          • Yes, so why don’t you think it fair that I help Wherry out by mentioning the PM as well? You could at least have mentioned it, that it was fair on my part.

            You really think I am waiting here for people to tell me how they may or may not consider me? To be considered a troll or a jester or a fool or a reasonable person – what’s the difference? I have come to the conclusion (since the capability to reason is to be found by means of all languages) that it doesn’t matter much what is to be discussed here on these comment boards, if reason is the last thing to be taken under consideration.

            I speak at least two languages fluently, thereby being able to gain access to deeper levels within the brain for deciphering the bs being posted by you and others. Everyone has got to find ways for contributing and contributing well.

            Hey, btw: isn’t Justin Trudeau a great supporter of being bilingual? He would love the likes of people like me. Don’t you think?

          • Which two languages are you fluent in? Speaking multiple languages is a good thing in this world, and I’m sure if you have mastered two other languages, you will find your English will improve too.

        • “Are you kidding – Harper stepping down? Not until a few years from now when Carney is done in Britain to come home and lead the CPC to a new decade of electoral victories.”
          Hmm… I don’t think Jason Kenney would be a happy camper in that scenario.

          • Carney will go on to the IMF and World Bank level….he won’t come back here to be in local politics

          • Good point.

            And to stay on topic: You think Trudeau Jr. is happy now that Garneau has stepped up to ‘his’ plate?

          • I would think it makes Justin less comfortable, and indeed he should be less comfortable. Between Trudeau, Garneau, and Martha Hall Findlay, I hope this actually develops into something of a race rather than a coronation.

      • “harper is waddling, I mean, stepping down?”
        Harper is a bad person for being somewhat overweight.

        • I was just being mean to the commenter; actually I have a rather soft spot (haha) myself for overweight people!

        • No, he’s not bad for being overweight, lots of people are.

          However, ever see him walk? Looks like Frankenstein sometimes, and makes him looks like a moron next to other world leaders. Sometimes I wonder if he’s walking that way because he couldn’t find a washroom in time.

    • If you say so. All I know is that while Marc Garneau was flying in the space shuttle in the early 1980s, Harper was working in the mail room at Imperial Oil.

      • lol..exallcy! What great accomplishments Harper has? Sucking up to oil companies – that’s what!

        • Yes, oil companies are evil. Anyone who works in resource extractive industries is a bad person and deserves to be shamed and punished for doing so. Canada should be ashamed for having an oil industry.

          • That’s beside the point. That’s the problem with the Cons, they can’t see further than the tip of their nose. To them, they rather wait until ALL natural resources are exhausted, and the planet is in a terrible mess, before investing in renewable and sustainable energy. Fortunately, there are some people who are smart enough to think ahead and try to innovate, and perhaps, be even a worldwide leader in the field. Now, THAT takes real leadership and guts!

      • Flying in the space shuttle sounds grand because it undoubtedly is. But doesn’t flying in such confined spaces ultimately lead to becoming claustrophobic? I mean, the chances are there, no?

        Now take the operations of Imperial Oil. Such an operation is completely geared toward all things being earthy. And for some politicians and voters, the earth is big enough for gaining experience out of.

        Different perspectives, you and I. That’s all.

        • He was in the navy, on a destroyer, and was captain of a frigate. Wide open space.

          • He was a Combat Systems Engineer(CSE) in HMCS ALGONQUIN.. As a CSE he is responsible to the Captain for the operational readiness of the weapons and sensors (guns, missiles, torpedoes, radars etc.). He would not be responsible for their use, As an engineer he is not in line for command of a warship, that is role of the Warfare Officers (MARS (Maritime Surface Subsurface) is their official term) in the RCN,

            Just to be clear, Marc Garneau was never in command of a Canadian Warship, he was an officer whose job was to support the Captain by making sure all the weapons and sensors were ready for action.

        • Out of 4,000 applicants to the Canadian Space Program, I’m pretty sure they had criteria in place to make sure the 6 they picked were not prone to claustrophobia.

      • Harper was just visiting the mail room.

  4. Garneau has just given the Liberal party their one last chance to get it right. If they’re too dumb to take it then it’s all on them.

    • Libs were govt for 70 years of the 20th century and 5 years of the 21st century so far….they aren’t about to disappear.

  5. Oh boy, I CAN’T wait to see what the Harper’s Attack Ad Machine will spew about this man, who spent his entire life working for our country; on the ground and in space. Plus, he’s pro-science and technology (no funnel vision, like Harper and the oil). I hope he wins the bid and I get to see a debate between him and Harper, in 2015.

    • Well if Garneau wins, I would hope the Liberal attack ad machine will point out Harper’s (or Kenney’s, or Baird’s, or Mackay’s, if any of those are CPC leader) lack of military experience.

      Of course they can say that Garneau has always collected his pay at taxpayer’s expense: Navy, Canadian Astronaut Program, Canadian Space Agency, Member of Parliament.

      • Haha! Well, if they stood that low, they are shooting themselves in the foot, ’cause ALL military and MP members collect their pay through tax payers. I doubt they will attack the man, they might focus more on the Lib’s federal record. But, then again, the Ad Scam seems so insignificant, comparing to all the Cons scandals, over the past 6 years; starting with Tony “Gazebo” Clement and Bev “self-entitlement Queen” Oda. Plus, all the muzzling of Canadian Scientists. Did you watch The Mercer Report this week? It was crazy when Rick asked an Environment Canada scientist what he thought of global warming, and he said he couldn’t say anything. That’s nuts..dictatorship to me. No other PM in history was that much of a control freak. That scream insecurity to me..lol

  6. Garneau is something of a paradox: an astronaut with…ehem…gravitas.

    • No more than Harper. His gravitas seems to be increasing every year.

  7. He was a Combat Systems Engineer(CSE) in HMCS ALGONQUIN.. As a CSE he is responsible to the Captain for the operational readiness of the weapons and sensors (guns, missiles, torpedoes, radars etc.). He would not be responsible for their use, As an engineer he is not in line for command of a warship, that is role of the Warfare Officers (MARS (Maritime Surface Subsurface) is their official term) in the RCN,

    Just to be clear, Marc Garneau was never in command of a Canadian Warship, he was an officer whose job was to support the Captain by making sure all the weapons and sensors were ready for action.

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