stevenharper-smileSince 2006, no one can deny that in modern times Prime Minister Stephen Harper did more for that was positive for families and for Canada than any modern prime minister.

Of course there are some that will deny it because they are biased and would not believe anything good about Stephen Harper. But most Canadians who kept the Right Honorable Stephen Harper as our prime minister for about 10 years know a good prime minister from one who is only there to achieve power for himself.

Here are some of PM Stephen Harper’s Achievements:

  1. Even though Liberal Prime Ministers had promised to lower the GST, Stephen Harper is the only one who made good on his promise. (Link)
  2. Tax cuts made 160 Times — since the Conservatives took office in 2006 (Link)
  3. Family Caregiver Tax Credit — Bill C-13 established a new $2000 tax credit on December 15, 2011 to help families dealing with challenging medical expenses (Link)
  4. Universal Child Care Benefit — in 2006 $1,200.00 per year for every child under age six (Link)
  5. Taxpayers Ombudsman (Link)
  6. Family Income Splitting — families with children under 18 will be allowed to split income beginning in 2014 up to $50,000 with credit capped at $2000.00 (Link)
  7. Tax Free Savings Account with an initial annual limit of $5500.00 — which was raised to $10,000 in April 2015 budget (Link) (Link)
  8. Universal Child Care Benefit Enhancement — effective January 1st, 2015, beginning July 1st, 2015, parents will receive $160.00 per child per month up to age six and $60.00 for each child aged 6 to 17 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  9. Public transit tax credits (Link)
  10. Disability Savings Plan — part of the 2007 budget, it was fully implemented in December, 2008 (Link) stevenharper-smile5
  11. Red Tape Reduction Act — passed in 2014 to make sure the One-for-One rule in law (Link)
  12. White Collar Crime Act — Bill C-21 was reintroduced after the May 2, 2011 federal election and became law on November 1, 2011 (Link)
  13. Small Business Tax reduction — through a Job Credit to lower EI premiums (Link)
  14. Taxpayers Bill of Rights (Link)
  15. Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Award — in 2014 to PM Harper for the millions the Conservative gov’t has contributed to eradicate the disease (Link)
  16. Kid’s sport tax credit — up to $500 per child (Link)
  17. Gender Equity in Indian Registration — legislation that addresses a court ruling on gender discrimination in the Indian Act (Link)
  18. Safe Streets & Communities Act — passed March June 13, 2012 to protect children and communities against terrorism (Link) (Link)
  19. Ombudsman for Victims of Crime — Established (Link)
  20. stevenharper-smile3Mental Health Commission of Canada — established and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in March of 2007 (Link)
  21. GIS Improvements — for seniors in 2006, changed to allow for higher earned income — (Link)
  22. Canada Student Loan Program expanded — to include shorter-term duration educational programs of at least 34 weeks duration (Link)
  23. Internet Spam Protection — signed December 15, 2010 to protect consumers and business from the most harmful and misleading forms of online threats (Link)
  24. Fair Representation Act — Bill C-20 became law on Dec. 16, 2011 and will come into effect for the 2015 federal election (338 seats in total rather than the current 308) (Link)
  25. Corporate Tax Rate — reduced from 18% to 16.5% effective January 2012, with another 1.5% reduction in 2012 to 15% (Link) (For those who think “big business” should pay more taxes, you must remember that businesses provide jobs for families and if taxed too highly so they cannot make a decent profit, then can easily, and have, packed up and moved to another region with a lower tax rate or even to another country, taking all those jobs with them. So if you are worker-friendly or union-friendly, you should thank Stephen Harper because he kept many jobs here and captured some jobs by attracting companies to come to Canada and provide jobs for workers.)
  26. Small Craft Harbours Improvement Fund — provides an investment of $10.6 million (Link)
  27. Infrastructure “New Building Canada Plan” — $53 Billion to support the renewal and construction of municipal infrastructure (Link) (Link)
  28. Employer Caregiver’s Plan — called the CECP, it is an attempt to help employers help employees who have caring responsibilities (Link)
  29. Employment Insurance Premiums Reduced —  in the fall of 2014 by 15% for to encourage small businesses to hire (Link)
  30. Self-employ Fairness Act — (Bill C-56) — provides special benefits to the self employed on a volunteer basis (Link)
  31. Temporary Foreign Workers Program — reforms made so that Canadians are hired first (Link)
  32. Income Splitting for Canadian Seniors — a change to the Income Tax Act for pensioners starting in 2006 (Link)
  33. Federal Infrastructure Plan — longest long-term plan in Canadian history supporting projects that enhance economic growth, job creation and productivity (Link) (Link)
  34. Forest Market Opportunity Program — supporting innovation and diversification in the forest sector until March 2016 (Link)
  35. Exploited Persons Act — legislation that received Royal Assent to protect against drug, organized or prostitution type of crime (Link)
  36. Protecting Victims from Sexual Offenders — signed on December 15, 2010 to protect children against sexual predators (Link)
  37. Offshore Health & Safety Act — Bill C-5 to implement Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Atlantic offshore accord with Royal Assent June 19, 2014 (Link)
  38. Missing Persons DNA Index — $8.1 million allocated to develop, over 5 years, help matching missing persons to their families (Link)
  39. Nunavik Inuit Land Claims — Agreement (Link)
  40. Northern Regional Development Economic Agency — announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Link)stevenharper-smile
  41. Manley Report — approved (Report — click for PDF file at link)
  42. International Child & Maternal Health at U.N.– $3.5 billion committed for 2015-2020, building on Muskoka 2010 – 2015 initiative (Link) (Link) (Link)
  43. Land Claim Agreements with First Nations — over 800 claims concluded since the gov’t came into power (See progress chart at this Link)
  44. First Nations Transparency Act — passed on March 27th, 2013 and requires all First Nations to post financial records and documents on a website as of July 1st, 2014 (Link)
  45. Age of Consent Legislation — raised from 14 to 16 effective May 1, 2008 (Link)
  46. Fair Elections Act — requires Chief Electoral Officer to lay out clear electoral guidelines became law on June 19, 2014 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  47. Fairness at the Pumps Act (C-14) – protects Canadian consumers from inaccurate measurements when purchasing gasoline effective August 2014 (Link) (Link)
  48. Food Labelling Initiative — to clarify and modernize labelling on food products, including “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” claims (Link)
  49. PM Justin is talking about taking 10,000 “Syrian” refugees before Christmas. He has backed off on that a bit lately but Stephen Harper amended  Canada’s Citizenship Act Amendment — to reduce processing time to less than a year and reducing backlog by over 80% (Link)
  50. UN Global Fund contribution for mothers, newborns and young children — $540 million pledged for 2015-2020 by PM Harper and added to the $1.5 billion already promised at the G8 summit in Muskoka and G20 in Toronto, it is the largest contribution ever made by Canada to an international health institution (Link) A further commitment was made in 2014 for the 2015-2020 period for $3.5 billion. stevenharper6
  51. Ukrainian & Eastern European immigrants — Gov’t to distribute $10 million to educate Canadians about the internment in Canadian work camps during WWI (Link)
  52. Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Amendment (C-35) – to crack down on crooked immigration consultants who exploit prospective immigrants and undermine the integrity of Canada’s immigration system (Link)
  53. Victims Bill of Rights — Bill C-32 passed on June 18th, 2014 — (Link) (Link)
  54. Express Entry Immigration into Canada Program — when skilled immigrants to Canada will get quick entry so that they can contribute to economy (Link) (Link)
  55. Adult “Basic” Education Northern Initiative — announced by PM Harper on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 2012 in Iqaluit, for Aboriginal people living in the three territories; (Link)
  56. Aga Khan and PM Harper open Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum — a multicultural partnership dedicated to artistic & intellectual contributions by Muslims (Link)
  57. Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement signed (Link)
  58. Adoption Expense Tax Credit increased — from a one-time $13,100 to 15,000 in 2014 (Link)
  59. Research Excellence Fund for post-secondary institutions — $1.5 billion competitively available that results in long-term economic advantages for Canada (Link)
  60. Identity Theft Legislation– (Bill S-4) — received Royal Assent on October 27, 2009 — for obtaining and possessing identity information, trafficking in that information or unlawfully possessing or trafficking in gov’t documents (Link)
  61. Haiti’s Debt to Canada Cancelled — on June 25, 2010, at the G8 meeting in Huntsville (Link)
  62. Arctic All-Season Highway — a 137 kilometer project linking Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean for first time (Link)
  63. Arctic Research Council launched to improve lives for people in the North — for resource development, shipping, marine safety, community infrastructure (Link)
  64. Boundary Dam at Estevan, Saskatchewan — site of carbon capture coal plant receiving $240 million in federal subsidies (Link)
  65. Canada Apprentice Loan Program — up to $4000 for those registered in any Red Seals apprenticeship training announced in January 2015(Link)
  66. Kruger Mill Investment in Trois Rivieres, Quebec — Government to provide $15 million towards development of first cellulose filament production facility (Link)
  67. Beyond the Border Agreement with the U.S. — passed in late 2011, on perimeter security co-operation (Link)
  68. Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly Ends — Bill C18 removed the CWB’s monopoly regarding decisions made by many Western farmers to market their wheat (Link)
  69. Chinese Head Tax Apology— by the government on June 22, 2006 (Link) (Link)
  70. Chinese Immigrant Provision — of $20,000 to every individual and/or surviving spouses who paid the head tax plus $24 million towards an “historical recognition program”(Link)
  71. Apology to Native People — by the Government of Canada on June 11, 2008 for residential school abuses (Link)
  72. On-reserve schools grant of $500 million — in 2014 to be available from investment of $5.8 billion Infrastructure Fund (Link)
  73. Consumer Product Safety Act — came into effect June 20, 2011 to ensure manufacturers do not market dangerous products (Link)
  74. Devolution of Land & Resources in the Northwest Territories — from the federal government to the Government took place on April 1st, 2014 with the legislation receiving Royal Assent on March 25, 2014 (Link) (Link) sharper-7
  75. Corrupt Regimes Act (C-61) – allows Canada to act upon the request of a foreign state to freeze the assets that their former leaders and members of their entourage, including family members, senior officials and associates, may have placed in Canadian financial institutions (Link)
  76. Ebola Virus Eradication — Conservative gov’t committed $ 113.4 million to support health & humanitarian efforts in Western Africa (Link)
  77. Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement — between Canada, Nunavut and Grand Council of the Crees (Link)
  78. Air India Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry — PM Harper apologizes to the friends and relatives of all those who died in that disaster (Link)
  79. Benin Foreign Investment & Promotion Protection Agreement (FIPA) — legally binding rights and obligations with respect to investment in effect May 12, 2014 (Link)
  80. Canada/EU Trade Agreement — although ratification still required, an `End of Negotiations`Agreement signed on September 26, 2014 (Link)
  81. China Foreign Investment Deal (FIPA) — while controversial, sets out legal framework to clarify obligations and rights re investment in Canada (Link)
  82. Columbia Free Trade Agreement — went into force on August 15th, 2011 (Link)
  83. Czech Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA)— went into force January 22nd, 2012 (Link)
  84. Free Trade Agreement — signed on July 2, 2009 — between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (Link)
  85. Gun Registry Scrapped — as the legislation passed Third Reading (Link) (Royal Assent)
  86. Honduras Free Trade Agreement — completed and signed on November 5th, 2013 and will enter into force on June 19, 2014 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  87. Jordan Free Trade Agreement — went into force on October 1st, 2012 (Link)
  88. Kuwait Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force February 19, 2014 (Link)
  89. Latvia Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force November 24, 2011 (Link)
  90. Mission Against ISIL extended March 30, 2015 — to aid the people of Iraq and Syria (Link)
  91. Panama Free Trade Agreement — went into force on April 1st, 2013 (Link)
  92. Peru – Canada Free Trade Agreement — adopted by Parliament June 18, 2009 (Link)
  93. Prime Minister Harper’s speech to Israeli Parliament — on January 20, 2014 (Link)
  94. Romania Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect November 23rd, 2011 (Link)
  95. Rouge National Urban Park Act –– enacting and enlarging the Rouge National Urban Park in Pickering and Uxbridge, Ontario (Link)
  96. Slovak Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect March 14, 2012 (Link)
  97. Softwood Lumber Agreement (Bill C-24) (Link)
  98. South Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed on September 22, 2014 — 1st Asia Pacific Agreement with final legislative steps for full implementation on November 26, 2014 (Link) (Link)
  99. Tanzania Government Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect December 9th, 2013 (Link)
  100. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko invited to speak in House of Commons — indicating PM Harper`s full support of the Ukrainian people (Link)

s-harper-8I would challenge any fair-minded person to show as many contributions to Canada and Canadians as PM Stephen Harper has made.

With credit to Sandy Crux and her blog at http://cotmblog.com/2015/04/20/in-canada-100-reasons-to-vote-conservative-stevenharper-frownoct-19-2015/

Typical Media Photo used to make PM Stephen Harper look bad.

 

 

I prefer to remember the quiet, reserved, even somewhat shy, Stephen Harper in the video below.

Sweet Caroline
(with credit to Sweet Laureen Harper)

With a Little Help from my Friends

Beetles Concert

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