Former finance minister Jim Flaherty dead

JIM FLAHERTY, who passed away on April 10, 2014 at the age of 64

Credits: REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files


OTTAWA - Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died. He was 64.

Emergency crews were called to his Ottawa home Thursday afternoon. The cause of death has not been released.

He was one of the longest serving finance ministers Canada has ever had and until he left politics, was the only one to ever serve under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He stepped down on March 18.

A Conservative MP for the Toronto-area riding of Whitby-Oshawa, Flaherty was first elected in 2006.

Flaherty has suffered over the last year from a rare and painful but treatable skin disorder. In his statement, Flaherty said his health did not play a part in his decision to quit politics.

Jim Flaherty's final tweet, on March 18, 2014:

In his resignation statement, Flaherty said that he was most proud to be part of a government that lowered corporate taxes to the lowest level in the G7, introduced the tax-free savings account and reduced taxes 160 times.

Flaherty also served as an Ontario MPP from 1995 to 2005. He served as deputy premier, minister of finance, attorney general and minister of labour.

Flaherty was married to Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa, and they have three triplet sons.

Born in Lachine, Que., Flaherty attended Princeton University then law school at Osgoode Hall at Toronto's York University's and worked as a lawyer for 20 years before entering politics.

According to Mr. Flaherty's biography on his website:


- Jim Flaherty was Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa (Ontario) first elected in 2006.

- Served as Canada's Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area until March 2014.

- Served as a Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

- He is the longest serving Minister of Finance for Canada.


- 1995 to 2005, Jim served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby - Ajax.

- Served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Attorney General and Minister of Labour.

- Graduated from Princeton University cum laude and Osgoode Hall Law School.

- Called to the Bar in Ontario with honours and practised law for more than twenty years before being elected to public office.

Jim is married to Christine Elliott who serves as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the same riding, Whitby-Oshawa.

They have triplet sons.

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