Canada's first astronaut who turned to politics when he became a Member of the Canadian Parliament in 2008. In 2006 he lost his bid for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons.
He was appointed to the Order of Canada after completing his first space mission in 1984.
He flew in the STS-97 NASA mission in 2000, which was his third and final space mission.
He raised four children, George, Adrien, Simone and Yves, with wife Pamela Soame.
He, like Jim Flaherty , is a member of Canadian Parliament.