NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) presented a motion in the House of Commons this week to honour the remarkable achievements and contributions made by Colonel Chris Hadfield. The motion states, “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day.”
“The idea originated from one of my constituents,” said Mathyssen. “Once I realized Canada had done nothing official to celebrate his achievements, it seemed like the right thing to do.”
In response to this initiative Col. Hadfield stated, “I’m very pleased to accept this honour.”
In addition to an illustrious career as the first Canadian to walk in space and the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, Col. Hadfield also became an international sensation with his ability to connect with a global audience through social media.
“August 29th is Chris’ birthday, he’ll be turning 55 and celebrating his first year of retirement,” said Mathyssen. “It’s my hope Canadians celebrate this day in honour of this true Canadian hero.”