Jim Flaherty

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Jim Flaherty

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Minister of Finance
In office
February 6, 2006 – March 18, 2014
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byRalph Goodale
Succeeded byJoe Oliver
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Whitby-Oshawa
Assumed office
January 23, 2006
Preceded byJudi Longfield
Member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly
for Whitby-Ajax
In office
June 3, 1999 – November 29, 2005
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byChristine Elliott
Member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly
for Durham Centre
In office
June 8, 1995 – June 3, 1999
Preceded byDrummond White
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
James Michael Flaherty

(1949-12-30)December 30, 1949
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
DiedApril 10, 2014(2014-04-10) (aged 64)
Ottawa, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Christine Elliott
Alma materPrinceton University
York University

James Michael "Jim" Flaherty, PC, MP (December 30, 1949 – April 10, 2014) was a Canadian politician. He served as Canada's Federal Minister of Finance from February 6, 2006 until March 18, 2014. He also served as a former provincial Minister of Finance for Ontario from 2001 to 2002, a Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby—Ajax from 1995 to 2005, and was a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party caucus.

On May 21, 2013, he introduced his 2013 Budget. The Budget contained a new Building Canada Plan for the construction of public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, transit and port facilities.[1] It was to provide $53 billion in investments to support local and economic infrastructure projects, which includes more than $47 billion in new funding over 10 years, beginning in 2014-2015.[2]

On March 18, 2014, he resigned as Minister of Finance in order to return to the private sector.[3] He stated that the decision was reached after many months of consulting with his family and that his health was not a factor in his decision.

When he was young, he played ice hockey. He was successful enough at the game to win a hockey scholarship to Princeton University.[4] He is married to Christine Elliott who is a the Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby—Oshawa. They live in Whitby, Ontario and have 3 triplet sons together: John, Galen and Quinn.[5]

He died on April 10, 2014 in Ottawa, at the age of 64 from a heart attack. Ottawa police said that they "received a medical call to Mr. Flaherty’s condo building at 12:27 p.m."[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Building Canada Plan maps infrastructure spending". Journal of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  2. "Greeley pleased to see new Building Canada plan in federal budget". The Western Star. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  3. "Read Jim Flaherty's statement on resigning as finance minister". The Globe and Mail. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  4. "Jim Flaherty: Time off the hustings, tucking into soup". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  5. Daw, James (4 October 2010). "Daw: 4 tips Jim Flaherty is giving his three sons". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. "Former finance minister Jim Flaherty is dead at 64". The Globe and Mail. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.

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