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Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives a thumbs-up before a Conservative caucus meeting in Ottawa on Dec. 1, 2010. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives a thumbs-up before a Conservative caucus meeting in Ottawa on Dec. 1, 2010. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

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2 - Number of piano-playing appearances: One in December, 2010, at a Conservative Christmas party; the other at the National Arts Centre in a surprise performance in October, 2009

6.6 per cent - National unemployment rate in December, 2005

7.6 per cent - National unemployment rate in December, 2010

15.9 - National unemployment rate for immigrants, November, 2010

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5 - Number of consecutive summer visits to the Arctic

1 - Number of PMO press releases confusing Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, with Iqualuit, meaning "land of many unwashed behinds."

2 - Elections won

2 - Prorogations

5,374,071 - Number of Conservative votes in 2006 election

5,209,069 - Number of Conservative votes in 2008 election

124 - Number of Conservative seats in 2006 election

143 - Number of Conservative seats in 2008 election

$1.247-trillion - Canada's GDP in 2005

$1.32-trillion - Canada's GDP 2010 (average based on first three quarters)

1.6 - Per cent surplus, relative to nominal GDP, in 2006

-4.9 - Per cent deficit, relative to nominal GDP, in 2010

33 - Size of Paul Martin's cabinet (2004)

38 - Size of Stephen Harper's cabinet (2011)

$256,537 - Average house price in fourth-quarter 2005

$333,315 - Average house price fourth-quarter 2010

2 - Number of judges named to the Supreme Court of Canada (Marshall Rothstein and Thomas Cromwell)

38 - Number of people named to the Senate

950 - Estimated number of Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan past 2011 pullout date

17,198 - Number of people at Nickelback concert attended with son Ben in April, 2010

$15-billion - Defence budget in 2005-06

$20.6-billion - Defence budget in 2009-10

3,402,000 - Number of Canadians living below low-income cutoff, 2005

3,067,000 - Number of Canadians living below low-income cutoff, 2008

3 - Number of times named Canada's newsmaker of the year: In 2006 by Time magazine; in 2008 and 2009 by The Canadian Press

2 - Number of prominent foreign takeovers blocked (Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. in 2010, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. in 2008)

1 - Number of dominatrix references. (The quote: "I have never been called upon to respond to a dominatrix before." Woman in question was Terri-Jean Bedford, who brought forward a court challenge of prostitution laws.)

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