Trudeau Names New Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Justin Trudeau

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has replaced the minister who oversees the nation’s space program as part of a shakeup of his cabinet that also involved the first Canadian to travel to space.

Trudeau named minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne to replace Navdeep Bains as minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The position involves overseeing the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) among other duties.

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Letter to Canadian Government on Space Mining

Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2

cc. Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources

20 April 2020

Dear Minister Champagne,

Re: US Executive Order on Recovery and Use of Space Resources

On 6 April 2020, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources (“Executive Order”).

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Justin Trudeau Announces Canadian Partnership on NASA’s Lunar Gateway

The space station formerly known as the Deep Space Gateway (Credit: NASA)

SAINT-HUBERT,, Quebec, February 28, 2018 (Prime Minister PR) — From pioneering satellite communications technologies to building the ‘Canadarm’ and space-based radar systems, Canada has made key contributions to space science and technology for close to six decades. Investing in science, innovation, and research unlocks new opportunities for economic growth, creates thousands of jobs for hard-working Canadians, and helps us understand the world we live in and our place in it.

Fifty years after the Moon landing, space exploration is entering a new chapter – and Canada will play a big role in it. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Canada’s new partnership in the NASA-led Lunar Gateway – a project that will see humans return to the Moon and set the stage for further exploration to Mars.

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Canada Selects Two New Astronauts

Canadian astronaut recruits Joshua Kutryk Jennifer_Sidey. (Credit: CSA)

OTTAWA, July 1, 2017 (CSA PR) — Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named two new astronauts who will join Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques as part of Canada’s corps of space explorers. After a year-long evaluation, the Canadian Space Agency has selected Jenni Sidey and Joshua Kutryk from among 17 finalists and 3,772 applicants to be Canada’s newest astronauts.
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CSA to Announce New Astronauts on Canada Day (eh)

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, June 29, 2017  (CSA PR) — The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will reveal the country’s two newest astronauts on July 1 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill.

The astronauts will deliver brief remarks and be joined onstage by the Prime Minister and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Date:
July 1, 2017

Time:
11:40 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (EDT)

Where:
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario











CSCA Calls for Increased Federal Spending on Space Program

csca_lofoTORONTO (CSCA PR) — The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is calling for an increase in funds to Canada’s space program, and that the government follow through with the commitment it made during the election to work with stakeholders on a Long Term Space Plan. The 2016 Canadian budget needs to recognize Canada’s space program as a national priority, a driver for innovation, and an avenue for creating jobs.

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For Canada, a New Leader & the Promise of an Actual Space Policy

canadaflagCanada elected a new leader on Monday, with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party sweeping to victory and ousting Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party from power. Harper has governed the country since February 2006 and had been seeking his fourth electoral mandate.

The election promises to bring some change to Canada’s largely moribund space program, which has suffered from benign neglect during nearly a decade of Conservative rule. It took the Harper government eight years to come up with a policy framework for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Two of the last three CSA presidents have had no discernible background in space.

During the campaign, the Liberals promised to develop a long-term space policy. Marc Garneau, the first Canadian in space and a Liberal Party MP from Montreal, said the plan

should include “a very strong signal that Canada is going to use space to help us, particularly with respect to the environmental changes that are occurring on our planet and in our oceans.”

Garneau also indicated there would be more funding for research and development under a Liberal government.

“We have been a leader in communications technologies and we need to provide more in terms of R&D for that sector,” Garneau added.

Steve MacLean, a former astronaut who served as  CSA president from 2008 to 2013, developed a long-term space plan in 2009. Harper’s government did not embrace the plan.