Local Politicians Remember Jim Flaherty

Jim Flaherty photo by Rocco Rossi

Jim Flaherty is being remembered on Parliament Hill and across the country as a dedicated public servant, good friend and family man.

The former federal finance minister died suddenly at his Ottawa condo on Thursday, less than a month after retiring from politics. He’s credited with guiding our country through the 2008 global recession and keeping us from falling into it.

London-West MP Ed Holder remembers Flaherty as a dear friend.

Holder says history will be kind to Flaherty for guiding Canada through the 2008 global recession.

The Canadian flag is flying at half staff at London City Hall to commemorate Flaherty. Londoners are asked to sign a book of condolences available in the lobby of City Hall during regular business hours until the day of his funeral, which has not been announced.

“Jim Flaherty was an extraordinary man and a proud Canadian,” says Mayor Joe Fontana. “On behalf of Londoners, I offer sincere condolences to his family and friends, for their loss is the greatest.  Jim was, however, one of those amazing people who connected with everyone he met.  His compassion and concern for others was as evident when he greeted you in person as when he took his place in front of many as a leader and as a global economic innovator.  He will be missed.”

Flaherty leaves behind his wife, MPP Christine Elliot, and their three sons. An official cause of death has not yet been released but Ottawa media are quoting local police who say it was a heart attack.

*with files from Scott Kitching