Canadian PM picks two for Supreme Court

OTTAWA, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday selected two nominees from Ontario to fill vacancies in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Keystone XL a no brainer, Canada says

Keystone XL a no brainer, Canada says

OTTAWA, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- It's tough to imagine why the United States wouldn't want to build a pipeline to tap into the third-largest oil deposits in the world, a Canadian leader said.

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Poll: Canadian Conservatives lead by 10

OTTAWA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives were ahead of their nearest rival by 10 percentage points, a poll published Wednesday indicated.

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Cameron: Eurozone problems threaten world

Cameron: Eurozone problems threaten world

OTTAWA, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said the problems in the eurozone are so big they threaten the economic stability of the entire world.

Canada expects U.S. backing for Keystone

OTTAWA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Washington should look to Alberta oil sands because it's running out of good alternatives, the Canadian prime minister said, touting the Keystone XL pipeline.
Fresh-faced Canadian parliament to resume

Fresh-faced Canadian parliament to resume

Canada's 41st parliament resumes Monday with three interim opposition party leaders facing a majority Conservative government for the first time in 19 years.
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Canadian minority PM hints at election

Canadian minority PM hints at election

CUPIDS, Newfoundland, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper showed impatience Thursday with repeated opposition threats of an election and said he might call one on his own.

Politics test: Canada calls 3 by-elections

OTTAWA, July 25 (UPI) -- Canada's minority Conservative government began to test the federal pulse with the announcement of three by-elections in Quebec and Ontario, observers said.

Canada's Harper pushes Colombia trade pact

NEW ORLEANS, April 23 (UPI) -- A summit meeting of North American leaders in New Orleans became a sounding board for an endorsement of President Bush's proposed trade pact with Colombia.

Harper: Throne Speech vital for his party

OTTAWA, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper said that the upcoming Throne Speech is being viewed as a confidence vote by his Conservative Party.

Canadian troops may stay in Afghanistan

TORONTO, May 16 (UPI) -- Canada's conservative government Monday proposed that troops be deployed in Afghanistan two more years and demanded a debate and vote in Commons.
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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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