April 10, 2014

Archived - Statement by the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, on the death of Jim Flaherty

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I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim Flaherty’s passing.

Jim was an honourable, dedicated and exceptional man who loved his country. During his long and distinguished career in public life, Jim made countless contributions to Canada's economic growth and prosperity.

On the international scene, Jim played a pivotal role in the small group of senior decision-makers who quickly and effectively responded to the 2008–09 global financial crisis. His consummate skill and foresight during that difficult period allowed Canada's economy to emerge stronger than ever.

As the guiding force of ten federal budgets, Jim never wavered in his abiding commitment to build a better country for all Canadians, a legacy that will ensure his memory as one of Canada’s great statesmen.

I also want to say how much I appreciated Jim's personal kindness and assistance when I was a candidate and later a cabinet colleague. This was who he was, a kind and generous man and why he was so admired and held in such affection by so many people.

I am sure that all Canadians will join me in offering our deepest condolences to his wife, Christine Elliott, and their sons, John, Galen and Quinn.

Joe Oliver
Minister of Finance