Flaherty could throw a partisan punch, but he left his politics at the door
Jim Flaherty’s death reminded those of us who are honoured to call Parliament our workspace that the men and women who do combat there day in and day out had lives outside the Commons and there was a shared respect in the place regardless of political ideology.
A public life: Former finance minister Jim Flaherty, pictured in this file photo, died of a massive heart attack on April 10 at his home in Ottawa. His sense of humour and personality touched MPs across party lines. A state funeral for him is planned in Toronto on April 16. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright