Flaherty’s death inspires overwhelming sentiment of loss in House of Commons
Jim Flaherty had only political foes facing him across the green-carpeted floor of the House of Commons, but his sudden and unexpected death on Thursday inspired an overwhelming sentiment of loss and posthumous praise even among those who once fiercely decried the Conservative budgets he tabled in his eight years as Canada’s federal finance minister.
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, pictured on Thursday, April 10, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke to the Conservative caucus about Jim Flaherty’s death. Ms. Leitch was close to Mr. Flaherty, who died of a massive heart attack on April 10 at his residence in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright