Stephen Harper

Harper government commits to extend its contribution to ISS

Harper government commits to extend its contribution to ISS

The Harper government committed that for next four years, it will extend Canada's participation in the International Space Station mission until 2024. In Tuesday's federal budget, the announcement regarding the matter was made. The United States and Russia have already announced about their continued support for ISS until 2024.

The European Space Agency and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are space station's other important partners. They have not yet told that whether they will extend their commitment beyond 2020. Over four years, the federal budget offers an additional $30 million beginning in 2016-17, in order to support advanced research and technology development in Canada's satellite communications sector.

Canada to Provide $243.5 Million towards Thirty Metre Telescope Project

Canada to Provide $243.5 Million towards Thirty Metre Telescope Project

Late Monday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada will provide up to $243.5 million over a decade for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Experts affirmed that by around 2023, the most powerful optical telescope on earth will start exploring the distant reaches of the galaxy and beyond. Once the telescope is made, it will be in an observatory inside a Canadian-built enclosure.

The telescope will be present at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano. The US$1.5 billion telescope is expected to be operational by 2023-2024. The amount committed by Mr. Harper is equivalent to 15 to 20% share in the project.

India and Canada should work for better trade relations

India and Canada should work for better trade relationsToronto - The friendship between Canada and India was stronger than ever before and both nations should continue to work to remove the barriers that hinder bilateral trade and investment, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.

"The friendship between Canada and India is stronger, it is stronger than it has ever been and that is something that we all, in both of our countries, should be very proud of," Harper said while addressing a programme to commemorate India's
68th Independence Day here last night.

Global economic slowdown is affecting growth, says Canadian PM

Global economic slowdown is affecting growth, says Canadian PMCanada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said recently that a global economic slowdown is hindering economic growth in Canada.

While speaking at an event in Cambridge, Ontario, the Prime Minster pointed out that the slow growth in the global economy is affecting growth in the country. He said that global slowdown is having a fiscal impact on the country and also the pace of job creation.

"There has been a general slowing of the global economy over the past half year so it is obviously a concern to us," he said.

Government policies are harming Canada’s investment climate, industry

Government policies are harming Canada’s investment climate, industryIndustry members in Canada have said that the government's recent policies and decisions are harming the country's Investment attractiveness.

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have said that there are concerns among investors as there is not clarity over the criteria for determining if any investment proposal is beneficial to the country.

Canada agrees to sell nuclear reactors to India

Canada agrees to sell nuclear reactors to IndiaAfter opposing the Indian nuclear programs for decades, Canada has finally agreed to support India in the nuclear sector.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who is in New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna, has said that Canada is now ready to sell nuclear reactors to India.

Mr. Braid said India is today a totally different country, and Canada values India's investments in natural energy resources.

Speaking on the topic, Mr. Braid said, "We have turned the page with India. India is a very different country today."

Fake assassination photo of Canadian PM creates uproar

Toronto, Dec 16 - Canadian politics sunk to a new low this week when the opposition Liberal Party posted on its website a doctored picture of Prime Minister Stephen Harper being assassinated.

After an uproar, the opposition party removed the offending photo which showed the prime minister's face superimposed on the picture of Lee Harvey Oswald - alleged killer of American President John F. Kennedy in 1963 - being gunned down by Jack Ruby.

The opposition party's website also carried another photo of the prime minister which showed his arm thrust to the elbow in the wrong end of a cow.

Opposition (Liberal Party) spokesman Daniel Lauzon maintained that all photos were screened by the party before being posted.

Is the Golden Temple all real gold, asked Canadian PM

Is the Golden Temple all real gold, asked Canadian PMToronto, Nov 29 -During his recent visit to the Sikhs' holiest shrine, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper could not believe that the Golden Temple was all covered with real gold.

Harper was so struck by the sight of the resplendent Sikh temple that he asked someone in his entourage whether it was all real gold.

Civil nuke cooperation announcement a testimony to India, Canada's undeniable potential: Harper

Port of Spain, Nov. 29 : Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday announced the conclusion of negotiations on a nuclear cooperation agreement between Canada and India, and described it as another step forward in strengthening the bonds between Ottawa and New Delhi.

The announcement of the conclusion of the negotiations on a nuclear cooperation agreement between Indian and Canadian officials on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being held here, was made after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Harper lauds Punjabis as partners in progress of Canada

Stephen HarperAmritsar, Nov 18 : Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday said that the Punjabi community settled in his country had contributed to its development and acknowledged them as "partners in progress".

Harper told Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during his brief visit to this city that Canada owed its development to the "hard work and grit of 1.2 million Punjabis who since more than 10 decades have become partners in the progress of this country".

Canada assures full cooperation to track down Tahawwur Rana

Canada assures full cooperation to track down Tahawwur RanaNew Delhi, Nov 18 : Visiting Canadian Prime Minister, Steven Harper on Tuesday assured India of full cooperation in tracking down the links of Canada born Lashkar operative Tahawwur Rana.

Rana is suspected as one of the elements behind the Mumbai terror attack.

Canadian PM to pay obeisance at Golden Temple

Canadian PM to pay obeisance at Golden TempleAmritsar, Nov 18 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday arrived in Amritsar at the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine, to pay obeisance.

Harper was accorded a warm welcome by Sikh religious leaders at the Golden Temple complex when he arrived here with a big entourage.

Dressed in a black suit, Harper covered his head with a white cloth-scarf.

Canadian PM to visit Golden Temple Wednesday

Canadian PM to visit Golden Temple WednesdayAmritsar, Nov 17 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will arrive in this Punjab city Wednesday and visit the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines.

Harper will arrive here by a special flight at Amritsar's Rajasansi airport and drive straight to the shrine around noon. He will be received at the airport by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal and accompanied to the shrine complex.

Canadian PM visits 26/11 target Chabad House

Canadian PM visits 26/11 target Chabad HouseMumbai, Nov 16 : Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday visited the Chabad House, a Jewish community centre at Colaba that was one of the targets of the 26/11 terror attacks here last year.

Harper, who arrived here on the first lap of his three-day trip to India late Sunday, went to the Chabad House and went around the six-storeyed building.

Harper was taken around the building by a rabbi and shown the rooms and floors on which the attacks took place, killing at least six people including the then rabbi and his pregnant wife.

Canadian PM to visit Golden Temple Tuesday

Canadian PM to visit Golden Temple TuesdayAmritsar, Nov 16 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will arrive in this Punjab city Tuesday and visit the famed Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines.

Harper will arrive here by a special flight at Amritsar's Rajasansi airport and drive straight to the shrine. He will be received at the airport by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Eight Indo-Canadians on Canadian PM's India delegation

Canadian software developer found guilty in terrorist plot Toronto, Nov 15 : Lacking a majority in Canada's House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits India from Monday with a delegation of eight prominent Indo-Canadians, fuelling speculation that he is eyeing valuable Punjabi and Gujarati votes.

Unlike his predecessors, who took huge Indian-Canadian delegations to India, Harper's entourage is smaller.

Nuclear deal, trade top Canada PM's India mission

Stephen HarperNew Delhi, Nov 15 :  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's three-day visit to India from Sunday will be dominated by talks over a nuclear deal and new trade pacts in a bid warm a relationship that turned frosty when Ottawa cut off atomic trade after New Delhi's 1974 nuclear test.

Accompanied by Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day and Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai, Harper lands in Mumbai Sunday night from Singapore after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit.

India-Canada to sign civil nuclear agreement during Harper’s visit

India-Canada to sign civil nuclear agreement during Harper’s visitOttawa (Canada), Nov 12 : Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s aides have indicated that negotiations for a bilateral civil nuclear agreement are underway between India and Canada, and will be signed during his visit to India next week.

Harper will visit India between November 16 and 19. He will visit New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar.

Canadian PM, Manmohan to sign trade accords; n-deal unlikely

Stephen HarperToronto, Nov 12 : India and Canada will sign new trade agreements during Prime Minister Stephen Harper's three-day visit to India from Nov 16. However, the much-talked nuclear agreement on the lines of the US-India nuclear deal is unlikely to materialise as the two sides are still working on it, officials said.

Accompanied by Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day and Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai, the Canadian prime minister will land in Mumbai Nov 15 after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Singapore.

Canadian PM to visit India next month

Canadian PM to visit India next monthToronto, Oct 5  Responding to an invitation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit India next month.

Though no official announcement of the prime minister's visit has yet been made, Canwest news agency quoted official sources in Ottawa as saying that Harper will be India Nov 15-18.

During his meetings with the Indian prime minister, Harper will in all likelihood ink a free trade agreement to boost bilateral trade between the two countries.




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