Mr. Jim Flaherty died this afternoon at age 64. We offer prayers for his family and friends, in particular his wife, Ontario MPP Christine Elliott, and their sons John, Galen and Quinn. We pray they may turn to Father for strength, comfort and guidance in such a time as this.
The Honourable Jim Flaherty was Canada’s former and third-longest serving finance minister, having retired as minister only three weeks ago. He was still serving as MP for Whitby-Oshawa. Mr Flaherty had also served as a finance minister in the province of Ontario during Mr. Harris’ years as premier. Mr. Flaherty will be remembered for his steady hand in his federal role over the past eight years. He will also be remembered as a minister who understood and appreciated the valuable contributions made by the other institutions of society. He championed support for independent education while an Ontario MPP and also fought for the rights of those with disabilities and gave much to that cause.
We give thanks for his service. We offer our deep condolences to his family and friends.