Andre was reputed as Calgary’s political foundation as he doled in different cabinet posts during the government of Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney. He is also very popular for his aggressive resistance of government’s contribution in the energy industry. Mulroney gave a statement mentioning Andre, when he stated that “Principled, strong, determined and successful. That is a summary of Harvie’s life and the tremendous contribution he made to the Government of Canada for almost a decade, and to Canada throughout a life of commitment and achievement.” He wrote that “Harvie Andre was a force of nature.”
Gagnon also commented about Andre, saying he had a photographic memory which was a good match for a man in his position. He asserted that “there was so much data and he had to assimilate it, he was well-suited to that.” Gagnon also liked Andre for his criticism of state-owned Petro-Canada.