Stephen Harper: 1000 days in office

Congratulations to Stephen Harper who today serves his 1000th day in office as Prime Minister of Canada. Recently re-elected to a second minority government, Stephen Harper has the records for both the longest and smallest minority government in Canadian history.

Here’s to the next 1000 days of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Well done.

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  • Al

    Correction. That was Borden's Unionist Time. He spent far more as a Conservative. Total he served 3194 days.

    Thus Harper is already the unlucky 13th longest serving Prime Minister. another 796 and he is tied with Alexander Mackenzie for 12th. Another 902 from now and he surpasses both Mackenzie and Pearson and ties with Bennett to be 10th longest serving.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    thanks, I've replaced it with a different fact.

  • Rick Pitz

    I see the world has ended and the sky has fallen too huh, or so the Left would have you think!!!!
    I too congratulate a brilliant Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

  • East of Eden

    I hate to gush but I am continually amazed by Harper's brilliance. The guy is amazing.

  • batb

    Seeing as Prime Minister Stephen Harper reads this blog:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Mr. Prime Minister!

    You're the best thing that's happened to Canada in the past 40 years! Regards to your wife who, without a job description, may have the harder job!!

    I'm rooting for the CPC, the most disciplined, alert, and accountable political team in the country. We are blessed to have the CPC at the helm of the ship of state as Canada navigates the troubled waters of an uncertain international financial situation.

    God bless all of you!

  • simon

    Very difficult to be an effective Rht of Centre leader in this country at this time…and even harder when the progressives and their running dogs are yapping 'gonna getcha' non stop while biting at your ankles when you're trying to get some constructive legislation thru the House.
    Its not an enviable position and many have implied that PMSH has no sense of humour…HAH that's a fabrication along with many others.
    Yes Mr Harper you've made a few minor mistakes in the last thousand days but nothing serious and those made were perhaps due to overenthusiasm or perhaps misjudging the latent vitriol of those who profess to have this country's best interests at heart but are more than likely a bit unsavoury with (dare I say it?) a hidden adgenda of their own.
    There are moves you could make to help the democratic process in the House achieve a greater fluidity…just look at it as an elementary substitute teacher views a class she has to work with for a few days as the students are on their worst behavior as they try to get her goat and disrupt the class…its a lesson in statesmanship if not unending patience.
    I personally look forward to you and your party's next thousand days in office and though I know there is no possible way you and I will agree on all policy decisions, I still believe that you are the right man at this time to help restore Canadians and Canada to a more just and responsible nation of people who value what they have and work hard to maintain it in these most troubling of times.

  • http://climbingoutofthedark.blogspot.com Hunter

    May Prime Minister Harper have as many days in office as he desires. He has made Canadians proud again, especially of our troops. This alone makes Canada a new force on the world stage. Keep up the good work Conservatives!

  • East of Eden

    I second that. Especially the God Bless all of you.

  • East of Eden

    My sentiments, exactly, Hunter. As many days as he desires and a majority in the next election. And, hopefully, the opposition will come to realize that most Canadians have their number – they are not in it for Canada but only for themselves.

  • Gabby in QC

    “Seeing as Prime Minister Stephen Harper reads this blog:”
    Have I missed something? How do we know this?

    If I had known, I would have prefaced every one of my comments with a salutation to our Prime Minister. I too, like East of Eden, hate to gush, but our guy IS pretty amazing.

    So here's to another productive and fruitful 1000 … and many more.
    And I second Batb's good wishes to your wife and children, Mr. Prime Minister.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Sorry BB, you're mistaken. Stephen Harper has the record for longest minority parliament in Canadian history:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minority_governmen

  • http://www.backseatblogger.com Backseat Blogger

    Sorry, stephen. while you’re right about Mr. Harper having the record for the narrowest minority in the country’s history, your wrong about the rest.

    According to http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/government/pms_length.html, Borden served 3139 days.
    Harper has a way to go yet to equal Alexander Mackenzie and Lester Pearson… though he should surpass them in this, his second term.

    I believe the record for longest minority belongs to Mackenzie King who had minorities throughout the 1920’s(one was only one seat shy of a majority but a minority is a minority is a minority).

  • http://www.backseatblogger.com Backseat Blogger

    Sorry, stephen. while you’re right about Mr. Harper having the record for the narrowest minority in the country’s history, your wrong about the rest.

    According to http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/government/pms_length.html, Borden served 3139 days.
    Harper has a way to go yet to equal Alexander Mackenzie and Lester Pearson… though he should surpass them in this, his second term.

    I believe the record for longest minority belongs to Mackenzie King who had minorities throughout the 1920’s(one was only one seat shy of a majority but a minority is a minority is a minority).

  • Liz J

    Perhaps our PM does read some of the blogs, there's no better source of information, but it's even more likely his wife does, which is just as good!

    What is very obvious about PM Harper is he loves the job and he projects that fact very well in every facet of his Leadership as Prime Minister. He's not looking for power for power's sake as we saw with Martin who got the job and had no idea what to do with it.

    The Nasties in the MSM and the Opposition can barely contain themselves, in fact they've gone off the deep end to the point of discrediting themselves. For examples we need only watch/listen to the vitriol spewed by the likes of Ralph Goodale and the team of Layton and his Quebec pride, Mulcair. It's been beyond the pale, even for partisan politics. Amazingly, what someone once said about throwing mud, some flies back at you, is happening in spades.

  • batb

    I didn't make it up, about Prime Minister Stephen Harper reading this blog!

    Stephen Taylor started something during the election–what was it called, again?–to give those running in the election an opportunity to share their reading, watching, and blogging preferences. PMSH's list clearly stated that he came to Stephen Taylor's blog on a fairly regular basis.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    Congratulations PMSH and thanks for getting us back on the right track. Hate to gush too but in my books you are quickly nearing a very select list with the best of all time..

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  • frmgrl

    Well done, PMSH. I too thank you for starting to get us back on the right track. You and your team having been doing a great job. What a great family too.
    Here is to 1000 more days in office, hey, why not 10,000 days?
    May God bless and guide you as you lead us through some tough days.
    Thank you again.

    Hope you keep reading this and other blogs. Good ideas out there from citizen journalists.

  • East of Eden

    Great column by Paul Wells on the real Dion. He sure isn't the guy that he was portrayed to be. Harper was right – the guy is NOT a leader.

    <a href=”http://www.macleans.ca/columnists/article.jsp?id=7&content=20081022_87654_87654″>http://www.macleans.ca/columnists/article.jsp?i

  • eliza

    Congratulations Prime Minister Harper! Myself plus my whole family has been pulling for you all along and we hope to see you remain in office for many more days to come.You have finally made me proud of our country Canada again. I was feeling like we had become a third world country full of corruption and lies ,but you have restored my faith in this country. Your strong stewrdship and steady hand are what we have needed for many,many years. Please stay the course and get rid of the HRCs so I may start contributing to the Conservative party again. All my contributions are now going to help those who have to fight this corrupt organization everyday.

  • Squiggy

    Congratulations and much success in the months ahead

  • http://searchingforliberty.blogspot.com/ Rob H.

    Congratulations to PM Harper – however, please take care not to lose your base – the average Canadian who plugs away day in and day out, who isn't a special interest group.. and who, btw, would prefer a smaller, not a larger government in Ottawa..

  • Phillip Huggan

    I'm not impressed with S.Harper's early 2nd term decision to freeze transfers to provinces. Right now this is minor but will snowball as healthcare expenses rise and corporate taxes fall in a few years. A better strategy would've been to freeze corporate tax cuts. The easiest way to cushion Canada from US contraction is to promote employment. Public Provincial education and health care (higher earning and growing fields, respectively) spending is much more employee efficient than is financial services and oil.
    Though only D.Williams endorsed ABC, so every other province deserves the inevitable earlier death (by a few days probably) of their seniors a provnical transfer freeze will result in if carried on indefinitely.
    An anologous policy I found while studying policy this past election, I'm not sure which party initiated this, is that transfers to Indian Reserves are capped at 2% annually. This is absurd given the young demographics of Natives. If anything you want to floor the transfers above the Canadian average, to ensure a lower crime rate, more technical college graduates, healthier children, etc. Demographics are not being grasped by Conservatives. Banks and oil won't ensure the dignity of Canada's seniors nor the education of aboriginals.

  • Silus

    The only thing amazing about Stephen Harper is how slippery he is. The Canadian people have become way to compacent and disconnected to the not-so-hidden agenda of the neo-conservative idiology that is being allowed to take hold in this country. WAKE UP CANADA!!!!!

  • Silus

    The only thing amazing about Stephen Harper is how slippery he is. The Canadian people have become way to compacent and disconnected to the not-so-hidden agenda of the neo-conservative idiology that is being allowed to take hold in this country. WAKE UP CANADA!!!!!