Canada courts China as energy partner

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 20 (UPI) -- Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver told members of a Chinese trade group his country has the reserves available to meet growing energy demands.

Canada imposes more sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian officials

OTTAWA, March 18 (UPI) -- The Canadian government imposed more sanctions and travel bans against 10 Russians and Ukrainians following Sunday's vote in Crimea to secede from Ukraine.

Canada votes to send Ukraine $220 million in financial support

OTTAWA, March 13 (UPI) -- Canada will provide a loan guarantee and other aid totaling $220 million to the new government in Ukraine, the Canadian foreign affairs minister said Thursday.

Canada's energy stardom expanding, government says

OTTAWA, March 13 (UPI) -- Canada is positioned to take advantage of growing energy demand and become a "21st century energy superpower," Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said.
Canada inks free-trade deal with South Korea

Canada inks free-trade deal with South Korea

SEOUL, March 11 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday his government signed a free-trade agreement with South Korea, Canada's first with an Asian market.
Treason investigation opened against ex-Ukrainian navy chief

Treason investigation opened against ex-Ukrainian navy chief

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Naval Chief Cmdr. Denys Berezovsky was fired Sunday for telling soldiers in the Crimea to hand over their weapons to Russian forces.

Canadian oil exports to U.S. increased last year

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Canada sent an average of more than 2.5 million barrels of oil per day to the United States in 2013, up 10 percent from the previous year, government data show.

Canadian bitumen exports to U.S. Midwest increases

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Bitumen exports from Canada to the United States during the fourth quarter of 2013 increased by more than 4 percent, the Canadian government said Wednesday.
U.S.-Canada water talks make KXL 'look silly'

U.S.-Canada water talks make KXL 'look silly'

EDMONTON, Alberta, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Debates over Canadian oil pipelines are going to "look silly" compared with future U.S-Canadian discussions over water, the Canadian envoy to Washington said.

Canadian regulator OKs Veresen's LNG export facility

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A Canadian regulator said it approved a 25-year license to export liquefied natural gas through the United States in Veresen Inc.'s Jordan Cove energy project.
Beer on line in friendly hockey wager between Obama, Harper

Beer on line in friendly hockey wager between Obama, Harper

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama owes Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a case of beer after Team Canada beat Team USA for Olympic gold in women's hockey at Sochi, Russia.
U.S. Mexican, Canadian leaders commit to region's competitiveness

U.S. Mexican, Canadian leaders commit to region's competitiveness

TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Mexico, Canada and the United States vow to position the region as a global competitor, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told business and academic leaders.

Canadians leave Mexico confident about energy future

TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Canadian government sees a "significant opportunity" to expand its energy partnership with Mexico, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said.

Keystone XL tops Stephen Harper's agenda in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he'd discuss the prospects for the Keystone XL pipeline during his meetings in Mexico with the U.S. president.

Obama schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 19

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama leaves Washington for Toluca, Mexico, Wednesday to participate in the North American Leaders Summit, the White House said.
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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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