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Overview (4)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameStephen Joseph Harper
Nicknames Mini-Bush
Bushien
Steve
Harpo
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stephen Harper became Prime Minister of Canada on February 6, 2006 after his Conservative Party of Canada won a minority government in the federal election held January 23, 2006.

Stephen Harper began his second mandate as Prime Minister following the federal election held on October 14, 2008 after his Conservative Party of Canada won an election in which the Conservative Party of Canada won the most seats, but failed to win a majority government. This term included a massive stimulus package, including funds for infrastructure, which is designed to boost the faltering Canadian economy. During this time, Canada had seen significant job losses in sectors such as auto, manufacturing and forestry, as well as a shrinking GDP.

Stephen Harper's third mandate as Prime Minister began following the federal election, held May 2, 2011. His Conservative Party of Canada won a majority of the seats in Canada.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Melanie

Spouse (1)

Laureen Teskey (11 December 1993 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

When making informal public visits, often wears no necktie with shirt and keeps jacket on during speech, with eyeglasses.

Trivia (13)

Leader of the Opposition (20th March 2004, 21st May 2002-2022nd December 2003)
Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs (-1997)
Children: Benjamin, born in 1996, and Rachel, born in 1999.
He is the first prime minister since Joe Clark not to have attended law school.
Graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Economics.
Dropped out of the University of Toronto after just two months.
Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (2004-2015).
Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party (2002-2003).
Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons (2002-2004) and (2004-2006).
Prime Minister of Canada (2006-2015).
Born at 12:00 AM.
According to party literature, he is in the process of learning Spanish.
An avid hockey fan, Harper published a book on the topic while serving as Prime Minister. The book, titled "A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs and the Rise of Professional Hockey"(2013), chronicles the growth of professional hockey, particularly in Toronto.

Personal Quotes (8)

As long as there are exams, there will always be prayer in schools.
I tend to watch American news; I don't like to watch Canadian news and hear what Allan [Gregg, the pollster/CBC pundit seated in the audience] and everybody else is saying about me.
[on Alberta's behalf as president of the National Citizens' Coalition, National Post, January 24, 2001, "Open Letter to Ralph Klein"] It is imperative to take the initiative, to build firewalls around Alberta, to limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach upon legitimate provincial jurisdiction.
I've only ever heard two criticisms of prime ministers. They're either too controlling, or they're not in control. Prime ministers who aren't in control don't last very long.
I think we all have more respect for those citizens who run for office to change politics, not to have politics change them.
[observation 2000, on the recently deceased Pierre Trudeau, the former Prime Minister] [He created] huge deficits, a mammoth national debt, high taxes, bloated bureaucracy, rising unemployment, record inflation, curtailed trade and declining competitiveness.. Only a bastardized version of his unity vision remains and his other policies have been rejected and repealed by even his own Liberal Party.. He was also a member of the 'greatest generation', the one that defeated the Nazis in war and resolutely stood down the Soviets in the decades that followed. In those battles however, the ones that truly defined his century, Mr. Trudeau took a pass.
[to Vladimir Putin at the G-20 conference in Brisbane, 2014] Well, I guess I'll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.
[on opposing Canadian party leaders, 2015] These guys just don't get it. We're living in a dangerous world.

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