Stephen Harper

(Stephen Joseph Harper)

Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper
  • Born: April 30, 1959
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Politician

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… weak nation strategy Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status, led by a second-world strongman appropriately suited for the task. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty in the Arctic; either we use it or we lose it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Canadians understand that our Senate, as it stands today, must either change or … vanish Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The time has come to recognize that the U.S. will continue to exercise unprecedented power in a world where international rules are still unreliable and where security and advancing of the free democratic order still depend significantly on the possession and use of military might. Power
You have to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from Eastern Canada; people who live in ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society Immigration & Emigration
After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn't mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It's a dogma which one is supposed to accept without question. Religion & God
As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions. Religion & God
But I've been very clear in this campaign - I don't believe the party should have a position on abortion.
Canada is in budgetary deficit now only because of the recession, only because of stimulus measures, and we will come out of it. We will go back into surplus position when the economy recovers. So there is no need in Canada to raise taxes.
Canada remains alienated from its allies, shut out of the reconstruction process to some degree, unable to influence events. There is no upside to the position Canada took.
Canadians know that the promise of a recession didn't happen because of anything we did here. If you look at all the causes of the recession, problems in mortgage markets, the problems in the banking sector, the problems in government finance in countries like Greece, none of those problems were in present Canada. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
First of all, I can't forget my first responsibility - which is to be the Leader of the Opposition and that's to provide an alternative government. Government
Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.
Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff. Society
I believe very strongly that in this world you have to have values and you have to stand up for your interests and if you don't do those things you're not going to get anywhere.
I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. I do not share a not in my backyard approach to government spending reductions. Government
I don't believe an Alliance government should sponsor legislation on abortion or a referendum on abortion. Government
I don't get into that second guessing of myself publicly.
I forget what the relevant American rate is, but I can tell you that our goal is to have a combined federal-provincial corporate tax rate of no more than 25 percent. We're on target to do that by 2012. We will have significantly - by a significant margin the lowest corporate tax rates in the G-7, and that's our - our government's objective. Government
I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
I just think it would be unrealistic to suggest we're going to eliminate every last domestic insurgent in Afghanistan. Certainly, the history of the country would indicate that's not a very realistic objective, and I think we have to have realistic objectives. History
I think because we're such a trading nation, I think Canadians understand that first and foremost we're part of the global economy.
I think first and foremost everybody should understand that Canadians are strongly committed to the system of universal health insurance, to the principle that your ability to pay does not determine your access to critical medical service. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome.
I think the way to change it is to handle issues individually when it's essential to do so.
If Ottawa giveth, then Ottawa can taketh away.
If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern. Government
I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
Look, I think the worst case scenario is obvious. I think first of all it doesn't work for very long. It's an unstable government that raises taxes and destroys the image we're building for Canada as a strong place to invest. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Make no mistake. Canada is not a bilingual country. In fact it is less bilingual today than it has ever been.
My own views on abortion, I'm not on either pole of that and neither of the interest groups on either end of this issue would probably be comfortable with my views.
On the justification for the war, it wasn't related to finding any particular weapon of mass destruction. War & Peace
That's my personal view I would say most in my caucus agree with that but there are some who don't and I've always said that on these kinds of moral issues, people have the right to their own opinions.
The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House. Government
The job numbers are positive. We've had more jobs created now than were lost during the recession. We're seeing that the creation, we're seeing those numbers not only grow but shift toward the private sector and shift toward full-time employment and these are all signs that the recovery is taking some hold but we're not out of woods.
The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation - the obligation to Parliament - it's the reason we did the merger! - is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government. Government
The world is now unipolar and contains o-nly o-ne superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower.
There is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada, but I don't think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders.
This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.
Universality has been severely reduced: it is virtually dead as a concept in most areas of public policy.
We got into a recession because the global economy went into the recession and we're a big exporting nation.
We have in this country a federal government that increasingly is engaged in trying to determine which business, which regions, which industries will succeed, which will not through a whole range of economic development, regional development corporate subsidization programs. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
We have to remember we're in a global economy. The purpose of fiscal stimulus is not simply to sustain activity in our national economies, but to help the global economy as well, and that's why it's so critical that measures in those packages avoid anything that smacks of protectionism.
We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies. Our concern is the instability of our government as an ally. We are playing again with national and global security matters. Government
We'll support the government on issues if it's essential to the country but our primary responsibility is not to prop up the government, our responsibility is to provide an opposition and an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians. Government
We're not going to scrap the budget and make up some totally new platform the day after the election. So it's certainly willingness to compromise but we're not going back on the fundamental things we're running on in this campaign.
We've got to see a state where the Afghan government can handle its own day-to-day security. Government
What the government has to do, if it wants to govern for any length of time, is it must appeal primarily to the third parties in the House of Commons to get them to support it. Time ;Government
Whether Canada ends up as o-ne national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion. Government