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Stephen Joseph Harper

Stephen Harper G8 2007.jpg
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Assumed office
February 6, 2006
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Preceded by Paul Martin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Southwest
Assumed office
June 28, 2002
Preceded by Preston Manning
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary West
In office
1993 – 1997
Preceded by James Hawkes
Succeeded by Rob Anders
Personal details
Stephen Joseph Harper

April 30, 1959 (1959-04-30) (age 61)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Other political
Young Liberals
(c. 1974 – early 1980s)
Progressive Conservative
Canadian Alliance
Spouse(s) Laureen Harper
Children Benjamin and Rachel

24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (Official)

Calgary, Alberta (Private)
Alma mater University of Calgary
Occupation Economist
Website Prime Minister of Canada

Stephen Joseph Harper, (born April 30, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario), is the current, and 22nd Prime Minister of Canada. He is a member of the Conservative Party. He was elected in February 2006 and replaced Paul Martin. He has been the Prime Minister of Canada ever since. He was born in 1959 in Toronto, Ontario and lived in Calgary, Alberta. He is married to Laureen Teskey and has two children. He is the third Prime Minister, after Pierre Trudeau and John Turner, to send their children to Rockcliffe Park Public School, in Ottawa. Stephen Harper is currently in his 6th year as Prime Minister of Canada.

In 2010, Stephen Harper, as the prime minister of Canada, hosted both the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. Harper also hosted the G8 and G20 meetings.

Harper is a conservative and supports cutting government spending and taxes. As prime minister, he has cut the goods and services tax and approved a budget that would cut funding to several government programs. He has also shown support for the military and a bigger Canadian military presence in the northern part of Canada.