April 11, 2014 Ottawa, Ontario - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that a State Funeral will be held for the Honourable Jim Flaherty on April 16, 2014 in Toronto, in honour of his years of dedicated service to the Canadian people.
“Jim was a great friend and colleague, a dedicated family man, and an extraordinary Minister of Finance who sacrificed an enormous amount in his years of service to Canada and to Canadians,” said the Prime Minister. “He will be remembered with great affection and respect. Jim and his family remain in our thoughts and our prayers at this difficult time.” Details on the State Funeral will follow in due course.
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Jim Flaherty [ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
James Michael "Jim" Flaherty, PC, (December 30, 1949 – April 10, 2014) was Canada's federal Minister of Finance (2006–2014) and also a former provincial Minister of Finance for Ontario (2001–2002). From 1995 until 2005, he was the Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby—Ajax, and a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party caucus and unsuccessfully sought the leadership of the provincial party on two occasions.
Flaherty won the riding of Whitby—Oshawa in the federal election held January 23, 2006 as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada narrowly beating Liberal incumbent Judi Longfield. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Flaherty's widow, Christine Elliott, represents Whitby—Oshawa in the Ontario legislature.