Canada mulls nixing F-35 purchase

OTTOWA, Ontario, March 14 (UPI) -- Canada is actively rethinking a multibillion-dollar purchase of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, senior officials said.

Government rules out Air Canada strike

OTTAWA, March 14 (UPI) -- Canada's Conservative government prohibited a strike by Air Canada workers early Wednesday, the third time it has thwarted airline unions.
Minister: Canada's budget faces more cuts

Minister: Canada's budget faces more cuts

OTTAWA, March 1 (UPI) -- The Canadian Conservative government's budget this month will include "relatively small spending reductions," the finance minister said in Ottawa.

Canadian wants off Montana's death row

OTTAWA, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The only Canadian on death row in the United States says he's disappointed his appeal for help to his government in Ottawa got a lukewarm response.

Canadian PM lauds sainthood for Tekakwitha

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday the canonization of the first North American Indian saint this fall would be "a deep honor for our country."

Canada fighting for oil pipelines

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Canadian government is working to establish a new consumer base for crude oil in light of U.S. opposition to a planned oil pipeline, a scholar said.
Canada-China trade mission nets two pandas

Canada-China trade mission nets two pandas

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- China has officially endorsed lending Canada two endangered giant pandas as part of a major trade mission in Beijing, officials said.
China, Canada sign nine agreements

China, Canada sign nine agreements

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- China and oil-rich Canada, in line with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's plans to diversify trade, signed nine agreements Wednesday.
Critic: Obama pro-China on Keystone XL

Critic: Obama pro-China on Keystone XL

HOUSTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is propping up the Chinese by his decision to thwart the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a Texas lawmaker said.

Canada easing Afghan helpers' immigration

OTTAWA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian government is cutting red tape to keep immigration promises made to interpreters and aides in Afghanistan, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday.
U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

U.S. closes embassy in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The United States suspended operations at its embassy in Damascus Monday, citing the deteriorating situation across Syria.
Report: China to gift Canada two pandas

Report: China to gift Canada two pandas

OTTAWA, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Frosty diplomatic relations appear to be warming as China is poised to present Canada with two endangered panda bears, the Globe and Mail said Thursday.
Canadian PM: 1876 Indian Act needs change

Canadian PM: 1876 Indian Act needs change

OTTAWA, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a summit of Indian chiefs in Ottawa Tuesday he wants to modify the federal Indian Act of 1876 to meet modern needs.

Canada cuts could eliminate 50,000 jobs

OTTAWA, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Budget cuts could lead to the loss of more than 50,000 federal jobs and reduced services to some of the most vulnerable Canadians, a think tank report said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
By United Press International
Page 15 of 18
Stephen Harper
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama pose during the G8 leaders group photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy on July 8, 2009. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Stephen Joseph Harper PC MP (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party. Harper became prime minister when his party formed a minority government after the 2006 federal election. He is the first prime minister from the newly reconstituted Conservative Party, following a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties.

Harper has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta since 2002. Earlier, from 1993 to 1997, he was the MP for Calgary West. He was one of the founding members of the Reform Party, but did not seek re-election, and instead joined, and shortly thereafter led, the National Citizens Coalition. In 2002, he succeeded Stockwell Day as leader of the Canadian Alliance (the successor to the Reform Party) and returned to parliament as Leader of the Opposition. In 2003, he reached an agreement with Progressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay for the merger of their two parties to form the Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected as the party's first non-interim leader in March 2004.

Harper's Conservative Party won a stronger minority in the October 2008 federal election, showing a small increase in the percentage of the popular vote and increased representation in the Canadian House of Commons, with 143 of 308 seats. The 40th Canadian Parliament was dissolved in March 2011, after a no-confidence vote that found the Cabinet in contempt of parliament was passed by the opposition parties.

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