Don’t expect drastic policy shifts under Oliver
But while Jim Flaherty did the heavy lifting to balance the budget by next year, Joe Oliver has to resolve the income-splitting issue and return Canada to long-term economic growth.
Goodbye Jimmy, hello Joe: Joe Oliver, left, replaced Jim Flaherty, who resigned last week as finance minister for health reasons. Despite clashing with Mr. Flaherty over the years, former Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, right, said he has ‘enormous respect’ for Mr. Flaherty for navigating Canada through a global economic crisis and putting the country’s books back on track toward reaching a surplus. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright, The Hill Times