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Fast Facts: Stephen Harper

Profile of Conservative Party head Stephen Harper:

NAME: Stephen Harper, leader of Conservative Party of Canada (search).

AGE: 45. Born April 30, 1959, Toronto.

EDUCATION: Masters in economics, University of Calgary (search).

CAREER: Served as parliamentary assistant and policy officer of Reform Party 1985-93, then elected as Reform member of Parliament from Calgary. Left Parliament in 1997 to head National Citizens Coalition, conservative advocacy group. Elected leader of new party, Canadian Alliance (search), in 2002, then spearheaded efforts to merge Alliance with Progressive Conservative Party (search). Elected in March 2004 as leader of new, unified Conservative Party.

FAMILY: Married; one son, one daughter.