The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
By United Press International

Spence to continue hunger strike

OTTAWA, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence said she will continue her hunger strike after she and other chiefs attended an event with the governor general in Ottawa.

Canadian PM, First Nations leaders meet

OTTAWA, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders in Ottawa was met by protests and some boycotts of the talks.

Kinder Morgan updates oil pipeline plans

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Canadian division of pipeline company Kinder Morgan said it expected to expand the volume for its planned Trans Mountain pipeline to cope higher demand.

Canadians see situation in Mali worsen

OTTAWA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Increasing reports of posturing by Islamic rebels in central Mali could prompt international military intervention, Canadian officials said.

Study: Lake pollution tied to oil sands

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The volume of potentially toxic hydrocarbons in lake sediment near Canadian oil sands "increased significantly" after development, a study says.

Canada's F-35 program problems multiply

OTTAWA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Canada's problems with its planned purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft seem to be multiplying, with the latest controversy surrounding the jets' capacity for midair refueling.

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P.M. touts Canada economic growth in 2012

OTTAWA, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper touted the country's relative economic health as he listed his government's achievements in the past year.

Canada protest reaffirms 'grassroots'

OTTAWA, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Canada's aboriginal movement Idle No More said it is distancing itself from chiefs claiming to act on behalf of the campaign.

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Bieber is Canadian newsmaker of the year

OTTAWA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Pop music star Justin Bieber was chosen Canadian newsmaker of the year for 2012, the market research firm Ipsos Reid said.

Land protests planned in Canada

OTTAWA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has "no right to sell" aboriginal rights in Canada, a group protesting against development plans said Friday.

CNOOC-Nexen deal the last for Canada?

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Canada has signaled that it is putting the brakes on foreign state-owned companies investing in Canadian oil sands.

Canada undecided on stealth jets

OTTAWA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Canadian government said it hasn't made a decision on the purchase of F-35 fighter planes but admitted other planes are under consideration.
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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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