What was Marc Garneau's contribution to space?

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Marc Garneau is the first Canadian to fly into space, which he did three times aboard space shuttles.  A retired Naval officer, he served from 2001 to 2006 as head of Canada's equivalent to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency.  Following his tenure at the Space Agency, Garneau ran for and was elected to the Canadian Parliament as a member of the Liberal Party, representing a district in the city of Montreal.  

Garneau's political ambitions may include the prime ministership some day.  His 2012 campaign within the Liberal Party for the leadership came up short, and he ended up supporting his previous opponent, Justin Trudeau.

Most recently, in May 2013, Garneau was reported to be angered over not being  invited to the opening of an exhibit at the country's national museum featuring the robotic arm that was designed in Canada and used by Garneau on two of his space shuttle flights.

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