Sunday, 13 April 2014
Jim Flaherty, RIP
|Jim Flaherty, Canada's 37th Finance Minister.|
Image Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press
Flaherty was involved in Ontario provincial politics as a Progressive Conservative before his career at the Federal level, serving in a number of cabinet portfolios. Rising to Ottawa as an Whitby-Oshawa MP, Jim Flaherty served as federal finance minister within Harper's first year as Prime Minister. He continued as finance minister until March of this year, resigning from cabinet and federal politics due to health reasons.
As a member of the Conservative Party of Canada Flaherty pursued the Prime Minister's agenda, which included spending cuts and slashing corporate taxes While generally a team player, Flaherty got into conflicts with others in the Conservative Caucus over family friend Rob Ford and income-splitting, a tax policy benefiting the wealthy he didn't support.
On most matters, though, the Whitby-Oshawa MP worked tirelessly to forward Harper's Conservative policy agenda. While I strongly disagree with most of Flaherty's agenda (with the admission that there were some good pieces borne of his more pragmatic instincts), it is utterly sad to know a fellow human being is dead. The deceased Ontarian will be deeply missed by friends and family, including the many politicians he worked with and debated with.
Former Winnipeg blogger and prolific Winnipeg tweeter Scott MacNeil puts it best:
Guilty of oft attacking policy choices of Flaherty the politician; my sincere condolences to the family of Jim Flaherty the man. #Cdnpoli
— Scott MacNeil (@WinnipegFatArse) April 10, 2014