10/03/2012 05:14 EDT | Updated 11/01/2012 03:12 EDT

11 Questions For Marc Garneau

Marc Garneau

Few politicians have Marc Garneau's pedigree: He's smart, bilingual, a former navy captain. Oh, and did we mention he was Canada's first man in space?

We wondered why Garneau chose to run for politics in 2006. As he mulls a run for the Liberal leadership, we asked him what drew him to Ottawa, and what he would change about the place.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Looking out the window of the Space Shuttle.

What is your greatest fear?

That I'll run out of time.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Looking serious all the time.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Fine scotch.

On what occasion do you lie?

Never. I'm brutally honest.

What made you decide to run for elected office?

To vanquish cynicism.

What is the one thing about politics you would change?

I would outlaw political popularity polls.

When and where were you happiest?

In the delivery room when my four children were born.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Representing my country in Space.

Who are your heroes in real life?


How would you like to die?


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