Stephen Harper

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Stephen Joseph Harper

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22nd Prime Minister of Canada
In office
February 6, 2006 – November 4, 2015
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralDavid Johnston
Preceded byPaul Martin
Succeeded byJustin Trudeau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Southwest
Assumed office
June 28, 2002
Preceded byPreston Manning
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary West
In office
1993 – 1997
Preceded byJames Hawkes
Succeeded byRob Anders
Personal details
Stephen Joseph Harper

(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
Other political
Young Liberals
(c. 1974 – early 1980s)
Progressive Conservative
Canadian Alliance
Spouse(s)Laureen Harper
ChildrenBenjamin and Rachel
Residence24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (Official) Calgary, Alberta (Private)
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
WebsitePrime Minister of Canada

Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) was the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 to 2015. He is a member and the former leader of the Conservative Party. He was elected in February 2006 and replaced Paul Martin as Prime Minister.

Harper was born in 1959 in Toronto, Ontario and lives 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 was Prime Minister for nine years, during which 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.

Though Harper did win the seat in the Calgary-Heritage riding during the October 19, 2015 federal election,[1] the Conservative Party was defeated by the Liberal Party of Canada, which was led by Justin Trudeau and who succeeded Harper as Prime Minister.[2][3] It was thereafter announced Harper would resign as party leader and had requested an interim leader be chosen to serve until a leadership election can be held.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Conservative leader Stephen Harper wins Calgary Heritage riding". Global News. Global News. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  2. "Liberals projected to win majority". Toronto Star. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  3. "Justin Trudeau to be prime minister as Liberals surge to majority". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. "Stephen Harper resigns as Conservative leader". CTV News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.