Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Is Dead

Heart attack:

A source close to the family told the CBC’s Evan Solomon that Flaherty died of a massive heart attack. Emergency services were called to Flaherty’s home in Ottawa at 12:27 p.m. Thursday. MPs suspended the House of Commons just before the daily question period, around 2:15 p.m. ET, as news of Flaherty’s death made its way through Parliament Hill. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair moved for the adjournment. “After consultations among House leaders, there is general agreement the House will now suspend,” Speaker Andrew Scheer told MPs. The flag on the Peace Tower was lowered to half-mast in Flaherty’s memory.

Apparently Canada’s business community remembers him as a great Canadian. I remember him raising the retirement age for everyone born after April 1, 1958. Things like that make it difficult for me to mourn. Regardless, condolences to those who loved and admired him.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

2 thoughts on “Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Is Dead”

  1. C’mon steve, we’re living longer and staying stronger. No privileges without responsibilities.

  2. We’re not really living longer or staying stronger – Life expectancy has peaked with The Greatest Generation. They lived healthy, frugal lives, predominantly in the pre-toxic era, then benefited from advancements in medicine just at the right time in their lives. The most of us are screwed. Just check the obits on any given day – cancer, cancer, cancer, cancer, etc, age 51, 49, 62, 59, etc… The remarkable thing about Flaherty’s death is that it was a heart attack and not cancer. Anyhow, RIP.

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