Harper Gov’t accomplishments 2011– 2015

Here are some of the Harper Government’s accomplishments from May 2011 to the present (January 2015):

  1. Adoption Expense Tax Credit increased — from a one-time $13,100 to 15,000 in 2014 (Link)
  2. Advanced International Child & Maternal Health at U.N.— $3.5 billion committed for 2015-2020, building on Muskoka 2010 – 2015 initiative (Link) (Link) (Link)
  3. 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)
  4. Aga Khan and PM Harper open Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum — a multicultural partnership dedicated to artistic & intellectual contributions by Muslims (Link)
  5. Canada Apprentice Loan Program — Up to $4000 for those registered in any Red Seals apprenticeship training (Link)
  6. Arctic Research Council launched to improve lives for people in the North — for resource development, shipping, marine safety, community infrastructure (Link)
  7. Benin Foreign Investment & Promotion Protection Agreement (FIPA) — legally binding rights and obligations with respect to investment in effect May 12, 2014 (Link)
  8. Beyond the Border Agreement with the U.S. — passed in late 2011, on perimeter security co-operation (Link)
  9. Canada’s Citizenship Act Amendment — to reduce processing time to less than a year and reducing backlog by over 80% (Link)
  10. Canadian Economy to Outpace Most G7 Countries — by 2015 (Link) (Link)
  11. Canada/EU Trade Agreement — Although ratification still required by EU countries, `End of Negotiations`Agreement signed on September 26, 2014 (Link)
  12. Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly Ends — Bill C18 removed the CWB’s monopoly regarding decisions made by many Western farmers to market their wheat (Link)
  13. China Foreign Investment Deal (FIPA) — while controversial, sets out legal framework to clarify obligations and rights re investment in Canada (Link)
  14. China and Canada signed 20 commercial agreements — valued more than 2.5 billion in increased trade & job opportunities in Canada (Link)
  15. Columbia Free Trade Agreement — went into force on August 15th, 2011 (Link)
  16. Consumer Product Safety Act — came into effect June 20, 2011 to ensure manufacturers do not market dangerous products (Link)
  17. Corporate Tax Rate — reduced from 18% to 16.5% effective January 2012, with another 1.5% reduction in 2012 to 15% (Link)
  18. Czech Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA)— went into force January 22nd, 2012 (Link)
  19. Defibrillators for arenas — equip arenas across Canada with automatic external defibrillators (AED) and training staff on how to use them (Link)
  20. Devolution of Land & Resources in the NWT — from the federal government to the Government of the Northwest Territories took place on April 1st, 2014. (Link)
  21. Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement — between Canada, Nunavut and Grand Council of the Crees (Link)
  22. Employment Insurance Premiums Reduced —  although controversial, in the fall of 2014 by 15% for to encourage small businesses to hire  (Link)
  23. Express Entry Immigration into Canada Program — when skilled immigrants to Canada will get quick entry so that they can contribute to economy (Link) (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. Fair Elections Act — although controversial does require Chief Electoral Officer to lay out clear electoral guidelines (Link) (Link)
  26. 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)
  27. Family Income Splitting — families with children under 18 will be allowed to split income up to $50,000 with credit capped at $2000.00 (Link)
  28. Federal Infrastructure Plan — longest long-term plan in Canadian history supporting projects that enhance economic growth, job creation and productivity (Link) (Link)
  29. 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)
  30. Forest Market Opportunity Program — supporting innovation and diversification in the forest sector until March 2016 (Link)
  31. Gas Tax Fund for Municipalities — permanent and predictable funding for communities to support infrastructure projects (Link)
  32. Gun Registry Scrapped — as the legislation passed Third Reading (Link) (Royal Assent)
  33. Honduras Free Trade Agreement — completed and signed on November 5th, 2013 and will enter into force on October 1st, 2014 (Link) (Link)
  34. Human Trafficking National Action Plan Unveiled —  to stop such trafficking in June 2012 (Link)
  35. Immigrant Credentials Eased for More Occupations — thus extending the speed-up process that started in 2012 (Link)
  36. On-reserve schools grant of $500 million — to be available from investment of $5.8 billion in Infrastructure Fund (Link)
  37. Jordan Free Trade Agreement — went into force on October 1st, 2012 (Link)
  38. Kuwait Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force February 19, 2014 (Link)
  39. Latvia Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force November 24, 2011 (Link)
  40. Mega Trials Legislation — Bill C-2 passed at the end of June, 2011 to allow large trials (particularly those involving organized crime) (Link)
  41. Missing Persons DNA Index — $8.1 million allocated to develop, over 5 years, help matching missing persons to their families (Link)
  42. National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy — $33 billion dollars in contracts awarded to shipyards in Vancouver and Halifax (Link)
  43. Panama Free Trade Agreement — went into force on April 1st, 2013 (Link)
  44. Research Excellence Fund for post-secondary institutions — $1.5 billion competitively available that results in long-term economic advantages for Canada (Link)
  45. Romania Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect November 23rd, 2011 (Link)
  46. Safe Streets & Communities Act — passed March June 13, 2012 to protect children and communities against terrorism (Link) (Link)
  47. Slovak Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect March 14, 2012 (Link)
  48. Softwood Lumber Agreement with United States, over and above NAFTA — signed on January 23, 2012 & in effect until October 12th, 2015 (Link)
  49. South Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed on September 22, 2014 — 1st Asia Pacific Agreement with only legislative steps for full implementation (Link)
  50. Tanzania Government Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect December 9th, 2013 (Link)
  51. Taxes Have Been Cut for Canadians 160 Times — since the Conservatives took office in 2006 (Link)
  52. Thailand-Canada Declaration of Intent — a bilateral arrangement on youth exchanges (Link)
  53. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko invited to speak in House of Commons — indicating PM Harper`s full support of the Ukrainian people (Link)
  54. Universal Child Care Benefit Enhancement — Effective January 1st, 2015, beginning July 1st, 2015, parents will receive $160.00 per child per month and $100.00 for children aged 6 to 17 (Link)
  55. Victims Bill of Rights — Bill C-32 passed on June 18th, 2014 — (Link)
  56. White Collar Crime Act — Bill C-21 was reintroduced after the May 2, 2011 federal election and became law on November 1, 2011 (Link)

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Endnotes:

See also 100 reasons to vote Conservative on October 18th, 2015, at this link.

Last updated February 10th, 2015.

26 thoughts on “Harper Gov’t accomplishments 2011– 2015

  1. Heh , must be some pretty serious cuts coming up . Theres a couple stories out about cutting back on MPs pensions so maybe they’re going to lead by example , hopefully . I wish they’d go to if we don’t need it , don’t pay for it . I don’t need the CBC for starters .

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    • You know, Cantuc, I may just put some of those cuts as accomplishments if they are significant and cut the deficit. The reason? I made a point of not counting all the stimulus Action Plan projects because I knew they were putting us into debt. However, there wasn’t much choice in December 2008, apart from ending up with a Liberal/NDP coalition.

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  2. More for your list Sandy – taken from my MP’s 2011 update and review booklet.

    C-229 – An Act to Establish a Memorial Wall for Canada’s Fallen Soldiers and Peacekeepers

    C-304 – An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (Protecting Freedom)

    C-19 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code & the Firearms Act Ending the Long-gun Registry Act

    C-10 – The Safe Streets and Communities Act

    C-217 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Mischief Relating to War Memorials)

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    • Thanks muchly Catherine. I’ll check your items tomorrow. For example, the long gun registry has only been “introduced” and not received Royal Assent yet. Maybe you could take a look at that 2011 update and check the exact working? If the Bills have passed, it will likely give the dates. Funny, I’m in Rob Nicholson’s riding and haven’t received a Householder in quite awhile.

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  3. C-19 “With our strong majority government, we are happy to finally be able to say goodbye to the needless long-gun registry.”

    The booklet I rec’d yesterday is a terrific 15 pager that lists all of the gov’t accomplishments. There are actually 9 Bills discussed as accomplished within. I only listed the ones above that you hadn’t already listed.

    My MP is amazing at staying in touch.

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  4. Catherine — I just did some research and as near as I can tell:

    Bill C-229 has only had first reading in the HOC.
    C-304 Second Reading in the HOC.
    C-10 has passed the House and had two readings in the Senate but is still in Committee in the Senate.
    C-217, which is a PMB, has only had First Reading in the HOC.

    So, I’ll wait a bit before adding them to my list.

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    • As I said to Catherine, I very much appreciate all the help I can get with keeping my list current. However, what I learned back in 2006 is to look for the words “introduced” etc., that indicate a law has not yet “passed” into law, through the HOC and the Senate and received Royal Assent. This type of thing is especially challenging when a budget comes out because so much is about future planning, some very long term.

      So, if regular readers will bear with me, I will only include things that are actual in the here and now or at least start in the here and now. For example, when income splitting came out for seniors, it was to start with the next calendar year. Other tax deductions started immediately and were retroactive t othe year before. Those are what I call immediate or soon — as in a final decision has been made.

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  5. One more: Mr. Harper has finally made good on his word to support America by sending troops to Iraq to fight terrorism. I admit it is a little latter than I hoped but he did nonetheless and deserves a kudos for it!

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  6. Here’s something else you may want to add to your list, Sandy: “The New Building Canada (Infrastructure) Plan”
    http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html
    and
    http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html

    And one more:
    Feb 21, 2013
    “Feds spending $10M on defibrillators in arenas …
    After celebrated photojournalist Tom Hanson died of a sudden heart attack at age 42 while playing pickup hockey, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to do more to prevent similar deaths.

    That was in 2009 and four years later the feds are now completing assessments of 3,000 community arenas across Canada to equip them with automatic external defibrillators (AED) and train staff on how to use them. …”
    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2013/02/20130221-120547.html

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  7. More …
    http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13133
    “Expanding Market Opportunities Program
    Summary
    Under Budget 2012, the federal government invested $105 million, over two years, to support Canada’s forest sector. The funding is targeted at fostering innovation and expanding market opportunities for the sector. Additional funding of $92 million, over two years, was announced under Budget 2013 to further support market diversification and forest sector innovation. This funding is available until March 31, 2016. …”

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  8. And one more …
    http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html [webpage Date modified:2014-09-05]
    “As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity.

    Why is it important?
    Each year, the federal GTF assists municipalities by providing funding for local infrastructure projects. From coast to coast to coast, the federal GTF is making a difference in all communities across Canada. Every year, municipalities benefit from the financial support and flexibility of the federal GTF. To date, $13 billion has been invested in municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund, with close to $22 billion to flow over the next 10 years. Municipalities now have even more ways in which they can put their GTF funding to work in their communities. …”

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  9. Via this morning’s National Newswatch:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harper-oks-canada-china-foreign-investment-deal-after-lengthy-delay-1.2764075
    “Harper OKs Canada-China foreign investment deal after lengthy delay
    The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) was signed in 2012 and is meant to provide a framework of legal obligations and rights that would enhance foreign investment. …
    Canada has similar agreements with dozens of other countries. It clarifies rules for companies investing in either country.”

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  10. It may not be fit to list as an accomplishment but Stephen Harper has succeeded in creating havoc/madness among the Left and creating the Media Party. Not sure how far we need go back but Wafergate comes to mind.

    Have we ever seen such a display of desperation to get rid of a leader of our country who is doing a good job for no apparent reason other than the fact he’s Conservative?

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    • I hear you Liz but I am trying to stay away from overt partisanship with this list, otherwise it will have no credibility with ordinary voters. People can feel free, just as they did with the first list, to use it in whatever way they want, provided they give me the credit/attribution. In the spring of 2011, I heard that some MP candidates had used it on door to door cards. I don’t mind that. I just ask for credit to go to Crux of the Matter because many items were also given by regular readers. The easiest URL for anyone to use is: http://www.cotmblog.com.

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  11. I hope I’m not swamping you with too many suggestions. Here’s another one I just came across while reading about US Senator John McCain’s ridiculous assertion that terrorists can easily slip into the US across the Canadian border, perpetuating the false claim that the 9/11 hijackers came from Canada.

    http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=872659
    “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act [Bill C-24]
    Citizenship Improvements Now In Force
    Important changes to strengthen Canadian citizenship and speed up application processing come into force August 1, 2014. The provisions were included in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which became Canadian law on June 19, 2014. …”

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    • No problem Gabby. If you put the item here in a comment and then I add it to my list, it gets on the search engines twice. If I get behind I will eventually catch up. I just added your last item bringing the list to 34 33. I’d like to have 50 by the time the next federal election comes around, so that gives us a year.

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  12. Thank you for producing this list,Sandy! Whenever I ran across media blogs where one of the Harper haters said the usual,”what’s Harper ever done for Canada”, I often responded with part of your ( last year’s) list,and will do so again with this year’s.

    The response is usually silence or name-calling as internet Harper-haters are usually too immature to understand the import of anything on the list, but they DO know they HATE Harper!

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    • Thanks Don. I have already seen one such comment on a mainstream media column today. I actually laughed out loud. Someone wrote to name 5 things Harper had done for Canada and the commenter gave a dozen or so directly from this list. So glad it will be used to counteract lies. People are entitled to their political opinion but the Conservative government has done plenty for Canadians. I know, my husband and I very much appreciate pension tax splitting.

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  13. We need to concern ourselves with the monster that Ontario has become , it’s potential to take our economy down as the Trudeau Liberals are onside with Wynne’s demands for more money from the Harper government. If the unions get on board, and count on it, they will, we’ll have Trudeau and what passes for his “brain trust” steering us over the economic cliff.

    We may need to head West and build a wall, the East is a basket case.

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