Marc Garneau, MP

In Canada’s federal elections yesterday, Marc Garneau, the first Canadian astronaut, won a seat in Parliament representing the Westmount-Ville-Marie riding in the Montreal area. Garneau, a Liberal, is succeeding a retiring liberal MP, Lucienne Robillard, who had won the previous four elections there. Garneau had previously run for the House of Commons in another riding west of Montreal, losing to an incumbent Bloc Québécois candidate in early 2006. Overall, however, the Liberal party lost seats in Parliament, although the ruling Conservative party failed to secure a majority.

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