1. Stephen Harper is currently in his 6th year as Prime Minister of Canada.
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3. Stephen Harper was a proponent of lower taxes and an enlarged military, his standing strengthened when his Conservative Party earned a majority in the 2011 federal election.
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4. Stephen Harper launched a series of important trade missions in 2012, beginning with meetings in Beijing with the Chinese government in February that resulted in 21 commercial agreements.
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5. In 2004 Stephen Harper was elected leader of the new party and attempted to define a moderate stance for the Conservatives, advocating tax relief, a balanced budget, and government transparency.
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9. Stephen Harper was still not well known to Canadians, in part because he is unusually private for a politician—"shy to the point of being aloof", observed Clifford Krauss of the New York Times.
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15. Stephen Harper is the third prime minister, after Pierre Trudeau and John Turner, to send his children to Rockcliffe Park Public School, in Ottawa.
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22. Stephen Harper backed Israel's 2014 war in Gaza and condemned Hamas.
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27. Stephen Harper announced in May 2016 that he plans to resign his seat in the House of Commons during the summer before the fall session of parliament.
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28. Stephen Harper resigned as Prime Minister during a meeting with Governor General David Johnston, who accepted the resignation, after which Johnston invited Trudeau to form a government on November 4, 2015.
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30. On May 2, 2011, after a five-week campaign, Stephen Harper led the Conservatives to their third consecutive election victory—the first time a centre-right party has accomplished this in half a century.
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33. Stephen Harper was elected the first leader of the Conservative Party, with a first ballot majority against Belinda Stronach and Tony Clement on March 20, 2004.
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34. On January 12, 2004, Stephen Harper announced his resignation as Leader of the Opposition, to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
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40. Stephen Harper emerged as Day's main rival, and declared his own candidacy on December 3, 2001.
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44. Stephen Harper endorsed Tom Long for the leadership, arguing that Long was best suited to take support from the Progressive Conservative Party.
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47. Stephen Harper considered campaigning for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership in 1998, after Jean Charest left federal politics.
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52. Stephen Harper resigned his parliamentary seat on January 14, 1997, the same day that he was appointed as a vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, a conservative think-tank and advocacy group.
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61. Stephen Harper took up post-secondary studies again at the University of Calgary, where he completed a bachelor's degree in economics in 1985.
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62. Stephen Harper enrolled at the University of Toronto but dropped out after two months.
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68. Stephen Harper was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta from 2002 to 2015 and for Calgary Heritage until 2016.
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69. Over his career, Stephen Harper was elected to the House of Commons seven times, and served three times as Prime Minister of Canada.
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