LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA PRESS RELEASE
Liberal Industry and Science Critic Marc Garneau made the following statement today congratulating Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk on a successful mission in space:
â€œIt gives me great pleasure to welcome my friend and colleague Robert Thirsk back to Earth, following a record breaking 189-day mission in space.
â€œDr. Thirskâ€™s mission marked two significant milestones in Canadian history: the longest stay in space for a Canadian, and the first time two Canadians have ever crossed paths in outer space, with the visit of Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette and Canadian space tourist Guy LalibertÃ© to the International Space Station. His combined career total of 206 days in space surpasses the total number of days spent in space by all other Canadian astronauts combined.â€
â€œRobert Thirsk is a modern Canadian explorer. His drive and determination to expand our knowledge about ourselves and our universe makes him an inspiration and role model for all Canadians.
â€œOn behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I congratulate Dr. Thirsk on pushing the boundaries of what is possible.â€