Chris Hadfield Day

I moved a motion in the House of Commons on November 26 to honour the remarkable achievements and contributions made by Col. Chris Hadfield. The motion states the government should “designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day.”

The idea originally came from one of my constituents. As Canada had done nothing official to celebrate the Space Station Commander, it seemed obvious to introduce this motion to see his work recognised and celebrated.

In addition to an illustrious career that saw Col. Hadfield become the first Canadian to walk in space and the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, he also became an international sensation with his ability to connect with a global audience through social media.

Journeying around the earth, Col. Hadfield captured the world’s imagination through his twitter account where he posted stunning photos depicting Earth’s beauty; a real-time reflection of our planet back to us.

I would also like to celebrate Chris Hadfield for his dedication to promoting the importance and excitement of science for all ages. At a time when science is under attack by some, it is essential that we acknowledge its critical place in our past, present and future.

August 29th is Chris’ birthday; he’ll be turning 55 and celebrating his first year of retirement. It’s my hope that Canadians can celebrate the 29th of August with Chris. I think it’s a perfect way to honour this true Canadian hero.

To show your support for this motion, please download and sign the petitions and template letter in support of M-477, to your MP.