Stephen Harper

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The Right Honourable
Stephen Joseph Harper
PC, MP, MA
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 6, 2006
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Preceded by Paul Martin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Southwest
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 28, 2002
Preceded by Preston Manning
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary West
In office
1993 – 1997
Preceded by James Hawkes
Succeeded by Rob Anders
Personal details
Born Stephen Joseph Harper
April 30, 1959 (1959-04-30) (age 54)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
(2003–present)
Other political
affiliations
Young Liberals
(c. 1974 – early 1980s)
Progressive Conservative
(1985–1986)
Reform
(1987–1997)
Canadian Alliance
(2002–2003)
Spouse(s) Laureen Harper
Children Benjamin and Rachel
Residence 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (Official)

Calgary, Alberta (Private)

Alma mater University of Calgary
Occupation Economist
Religion Evangelical (Christian and Missionary Alliance)
Signature
Website Prime Minister of Canada

Stephen Joseph Harper, (born April 30, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario), is the current, and 22nd Prime Minister of Canada. He is a member of the Conservative Party. He was elected in February 2006 and replaced Paul Martin. He has been the Prime Minister of Canada ever since. He was born in 1959 in Toronto, Ontario and lived in Calgary, Alberta. He is married to Laureen Teskey and has two children. He is the third Prime Minister, after Pierre Trudeau and John Turner, to send their children to Rockcliffe Park Public School, in Ottawa. Stephen Harper is currently in his 6th year as Prime Minister of Canada.

In 2010, Stephen Harper, as the prime minister of Canada, hosted both the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. Harper also hosted the G8 and G20 meetings.

Harper is a conservative and supports cutting government spending and taxes. As prime minister, he has cut the goods and services tax and approved a budget that would cut funding to several government programs. He has also shown support for the military and a bigger Canadian military presence in the northern part of Canada.