This is the second time in less than a month I’ve written about The Honourable Jim Flaherty. Back on March 19, I wrote about his then recent resignation as Canada’s finance minister, a post he had held since he was elected to the federal riding of Whitby-Oshawa in 2006. It is so hard to believe that, less than a month later, I would be writing about his death.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I was not always a fan of Jim Flaherty’s policies. I have never doubted, however, his dedicated service, his devotion and his commitment to Canada, or that he was doing what he believed was best for our country.
When I first learned the sad news of his death yesterday, I thought I was having a “senior’s moment” and could not believe what I was reading—it took several moments for me to absorb the news. It just did not seem possible. But, yes, we have lost him, though not his legacy.
As finance minister, Mr. Flaherty piloted Canada through what PM Harper once characterized as our “most challenging economic times since the Great Depression.” His legacy—at least, one of his legacies—will surely be that he gained Canada a global reputation for strong economic management and a second-to-none banking infrastructure.
Here’s a quote from Bloomberg BusinessWeek when Mr. Flaherty retired:
World leaders have noticed Canada’s economic record in recent years. President Barack Obama once said the U.S. should take note of Canada’s banking system, and Britain’s Treasury chief said Britain looked to emulate the Ottawa way on cutting deficits.”
He was a great man.
I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends and especially to his wife Christine Elliott and their boys, John, Galen and Quinn.
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, a great Canadian, may he rest in peace.