Milestones Feb. 6, 2006

ELECTED. STEPHEN HARPER, 46, economist and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada; as the nation's 22nd Prime Minister, ending the 13-year rule of the Liberal Party; in Ottawa. Harper, with his wife and children on election night, above, moderated his reputation as a humorless right-winger, joking on the campaign trail about his lack of charisma. He made ethics in government a plank in his platform, capitalizing on voter exhaustion with incumbent Paul Martin's scandal-ridden Liberals. But because the Conservatives failed to win a House of Commons majority, Harper's government, which is expected to improve Canada's relations with the U.S., will...

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