Updated: Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passes away

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Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passed away Thursday. He died of a heart attack.

Emergency crews were called to his home in Ottawa Thursday afternoon, according to the Toronto Sun.

Canada's 37th finance minister, Flaherty stepped down from his post on March 18. Although he suffered from a rare but treatable skin disorder, Flaherty said at the time that his health did not play a factor in his decision to step down.

Flaherty served as Canada’s finance minister from 2006-2014. Prior to that he was the provincial finance minister for Ontario from 2001-2002.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Elliot – who represents Whitby-Oshawa in the Ontario legislature – and his three children. Flaherty was 64.
  • Marco Pellico on 2014-04-10 2:42:33 PM

    Very sad news, RIP . I believe that Flaherty did help Canada through a hard time.

  • Nikki on 2014-04-10 2:44:03 PM

    Rest In Peace Jim.

  • Paul Therien - CENTUM on 2014-04-10 2:47:23 PM

    Rest in peace Jim, and thank you for your service to all Canadians.

  • John Bargis on 2014-04-10 2:47:53 PM

    Clear, concise, decisive and one heck of a knowledgeable Finance Minister....May he rest in peace.

  • Joel Sida on 2014-04-10 2:49:36 PM

    Rest in Peace Jim, thanks for your service to Canadians

  • Imran Ahmed on 2014-04-10 2:53:48 PM

    I was a big fan of Jim he took very sound decisions during a very tough time.

  • Mike L on 2014-04-10 2:58:32 PM

    Rest in peace Mr. Flaherty, and may your family find comfort in knowing how much you have contributed to Canada and Canadians, and how hard of an act you are to follow.

  • Michael Perretta - Century 21 Associates on 2014-04-10 3:00:13 PM

    A great Canadian who served us well making Canada's financial & economic system & status a standard for other countries to achieve.
    Canada has lost a great friend ....condolences to his friends & family.

  • Layth Matthews on 2014-04-10 3:02:17 PM

    He was a tireless public servant and a great Finance Minister. I wish him and his family all the best.

  • Brian on 2014-04-10 3:37:14 PM

    Very sad to hear the news of sudden passing away of Jim Flaherty. He gave his all to take of care of Canada in the worst global financial crisis.

  • Tricia on 2014-04-10 4:04:44 PM

    Rest in peace, you will be greatly missed by all of Canada

  • Debra warnick on 2014-04-10 4:06:57 PM

    its very sad news! you did a lot for Canada to keep us financially above water. Your contributions will not go unnoticed

  • Ron Butler on 2014-04-10 4:22:12 PM

    It's a real shame, he was a successful minister in several governments for so many years, serving the public for an income that was very small compared to the financial private sector and he put in punishing hours in the face of a serious illness. A brave, hardworking man who actually believed in doing the right thing for his country. Very sorry for the family.

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