Strengthening International Ties with the Canadian Minister of Transport

Lt. Gov. Habib met with Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in Seattle on Monday to discuss the Canada-US and Canada-Washington state relationships, transportation between Washington and British Columbia, protecting our shared environment, and new opportunities such as the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor is an agreement signed by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Gov. Jay Inslee affirming shared interest in creating regional economic opportunities for innovation in the technology sector. Government and business leaders in British Columbia and Washington are collaborating on the development of this 21st Century tech corridor to encourage meaningful and results-driven innovation and collaboration. Such collaboration is crucial as the region’s economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based.

Garneau was appointed to the minister of transport position in 2015. He is a retired military officer, former astronaut, and engineer. Garneau was the first Canadian in space, taking part in three flights aboard NASA space shuttles in 1984, 1996, and 2000. Later, Garneau served as the president of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2006. He was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2008 and represents the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount in Montreal.