Mathyssen Proposes Chris Hadfield Day

OTTAWA - NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) moved a motion in the House of Commons today 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 for Chris Hadfield Day originally came from one of my constituents,” said Mathyssen. “Once I realized Canada had done nothing official to celebrate the Space Station Commander, it just seemed like the right thing to do.”

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.

“August 29th is Chris’ birthday, he’ll be turning 55 and celebrating his first year of retirement,” said Mathyssen.  “It’s my hope we can celebrate that day together. I think it’s a perfect way to honour this true Canadian hero.”