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Obama's schedule for Monday, April 2

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon meet in Washington Monday for a summit, the White House said.

Canada to speed up energy review process

OTTAWA, March 30 (UPI) -- The Canadian government plans to streamline the environmental assessment process for major energy projects.
Canada Conservatives slash federal budget

Canada Conservatives slash federal budget

OTTAWA, March 29 (UPI) -- Canada's Conservative government released a federal budget Thursday in Ottawa, introducing a document that cuts billions in spending and slashes federal jobs.

Bid-rigging alleged in F-35 contract

OTTAWA, March 27 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers in Canada Tuesday questioned whether the Harper government followed the rules in ordering 65 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin.

Canada's prostitution laws struck down

TORONTO, March 27 (UPI) -- The Canadian province of Ontario's Court of Appeal has ruled several elements of federal prostitution laws are unconstitutional.

Canada's socialists elect new leader

TORONTO, March 26 (UPI) -- Canada's opposition socialist party has elected a new leader who vowed to bring down Conservative rule in the next federal election.

Poll: Many Canadians distrust Muslims

TORONTO, March 21 (UPI) -- Distrust of Muslims is running as high as 52 percent in Canada, a poll on race relations published Wednesday indicates.

Air Canada pilots fight for strike rights

TORONTO, March 20 (UPI) -- The union representing Air Canada's pilots went to court Tuesday to refute Conservatives' federal legislation banning them from going on strike.

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.
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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)
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Stephen Harper."
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