No longer in office
Prime Minister
Conservative Party of Canada
1,525 days in office
41st Parliament of Canada
30 May 2011 - 02 Aug 2015

After two consecutive terms in a minority government (2006-2008, 2008-2011), Stephen Harper led the Conservative Party to a majority government with 166 seats and 39.62% of the popular vote on May 2, 2011. By rejecting the budget proposed by Harper’s minority government and adopting a motion of non-confidence asserting that the Harper government was in contempt of Parliament, the opposition parties forced the elections.

In the Conservative Party platform entitled “Here for Canada: Stephen Harper’s low tax plan for jobs and economic growth,” Harper’s Conservatives focused on furthering the economic recovery from the Great Recession of 2008. They hoped to obtain a strong mandate to implement the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, to eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015, and its “tough on crime” agenda for “law-abiding Canadians”. Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party designed a platform with 143 pledges, some of which appealed to very specific market segments according to a political marketing strategy. In Québec, Harper appealed to Quebec nationalists with the slogan “Notre région au pouvoir” (Our Region in Power).

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Promise History

3.11.09 - “Implement the accord on Quebec’s offshore resources, by tabling the necessary legislation in Parliament.”


“I will take steps to ensure that our two governments can continue their work to implement the Canada–Quebec accord for the shared management of petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which was signed in 2011. This accord will ensure that Quebec benefits from the royalties and economic spinoffs of developing offshore resources as if they were located on its own land.”


“Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday Ottawa and Quebec are both expected to table legislation by the end of the year [2014] to jointly manage the petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.”

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