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Wild Rose MP remembers former finance minister

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:48 am

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Just weeks after his retirement, colleagues and friends mourned the sudden death former finance Minister Jim Flaherty on April 10.

“It was with profound shock and sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of my friend and colleague, former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty,” said Airdrie MP Blake Richards.

“He leaves behind a career unmatched as an honourable and dedicated public servant, serving the people of Ontario and then Canada as an elected representative for nearly 30 years.”

The lawyer and Montreal native died from a heart attack; he was 64 years old.

Flaherty held the position of finance minister since 2006 when he was sworn in by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Flaherty resigned from his position on March 18, 2014.

A state funeral was held in his honour on April 16 in Ottawa.

“As Canada’s longest serving finance minister, he was the architect of Canada’s recovery from the global economic recession. Under his guidance, our country emerged stronger than ever, first among equals in the G-7 and recognized as a leader in economic progress around the world,” Richards said.

Flaherty will be remembered for his fiscal policies during the Economic Downturn in 2008, abolishing the penny, adopting the Building Canada Plan and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

“Jim also leaves a great personal legacy as a dedicated husband and father, and a wonderful friend and colleague. He was immensely respected by all who had the pleasure to know him, not just in our Conservative caucus, but amongst our opposition colleagues, the national media, and his counterparts around the world,” Richards said.

“It is said that great hopes make great men. Jim Flaherty had great hopes for Canada. He shall be missed.”


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