STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER ON THE PASSING OF JIM FLAHERTY
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today made the following statement on the sudden passing of Jim Flaherty:
“Dear friends, today is a very sad day for me, for our Government and for all of our country.
“I learned a short while ago that our colleague, my partner and my friend, Jim Flaherty, has passed away suddenly today.
“This comes as an unexpected and a terrible shock to Jim’s family, to our Caucus, and to Laureen and me.
“And it is with the heaviest of hearts that I offer my family’s condolences, and I know the condolences of the entire Parliament and Government of Canada, to Jim’s wife Christine, and his sons Quinn, Galen and John at this tragic time.
“Christine, Quinn, Galen, John, you’re in all of our thoughts and prayers.
“Jim will be sorely missed, not only by his many friends on both sides of the House, I know particularly his friends in this Caucus among whom he was held unanimously in great, a combination of great respect and affection.
“But he will also be missed by the countless thousands of Canadians that he devoted himself to and whom he helped during his long and successful career in public life.
“The days ahead will provide more suitable occasions for all of us to reflect on the legacy of Jim’s life in public service and for me to talk about the special relationship that I shared with Jim.
“But for now, to he and all of his loved ones, you are in our thoughts and prayers.