2006
CANADA NEWS

Harper sworn in as 22nd prime minister

from CBC.ca archives | Mon, 6 Feb 2006

Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister on Monday, 14 days after his party's narrow victory paved the way for the first Conservative government since 1993. He later said Parliament would reconvene on April 3.

"It is a great honour and a feeling of great responsibility to be sworn in as the 22nd prime minister of Canada," said Harper during an outdoor news conference following the swearing-in ceremony at the Governor General's official residence in Ottawa on Monday morning.

He named a 27-member cabinet, including himself, down from the 39 that Paul Martin named in 2004. The average age of the new cabinet is just under 51.

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Stephen Harper, with the Governor General, moments after being sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister on Monday.

Stephen Harper, with the Governor General, moments after being sworn in as Canada's 22nd prime minister on Monday.