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It’s Garneau’s second tour atop Transport Canada

By Aidan Chamandy      

Transport Minister Marc Garneau is facing criticism over how he's handled the recent blockades, but behind the scenes in political Ottawa, he's considered 'a great brief' and 'exceptionally well-informed about his files.'

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, pictured talking to reporters in the West Block on Oct. 2, 2018, is described by former staff as a voracious reader who is well informed about his files. "He’s a very direct manager. You never leave a room saying, 'I don’t know what he wanted,'' says Dan Dugas, who is the former director of communications at Transport Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Marc Garneau may be the first astronaut in cabinet, but serving as Canada’s federal transport since 2015 has grounded him. He’s already one of the longest serving transport ministers in Canadian political history. The post was created by William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1936, succeeding the minister of railways and canals. C.D. Howe was the first minster of transport. Mr. Garneau has served for four years and three months. He trails only David Collenette, who served for six years and six months from June 1997 to December 2003 under Jean Chrétien, and Lionel Chevrier, who served two non-consecutive terms, totalling nine years and two months, during the King and St. Laurent cabinets. 

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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