Remembering Hon. Jim Flaherty

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All of us in Ajax-Pickering and across Durham Region are devastated by the loss of our friend and neighbour Jim Flaherty. He will be missed across Canada and around the world as a dedicated leader who steered a sure course through the greatest global economic crisis of our era.

‎Jim Flaherty was a great example of what dedicated public service can accomplish — in Whitby-Oshawa, at the Ontario Legislature, and in the Parliament of Canada. But his real allegiance was always to his wife Christine and his three triplet boys, Galen, John and Quinn.

He also fought hard for his community and Durham Region. From my first days campaigning with him in the streets of Ajax or at the GO Station in Pickering‎, it was clear to me how much of our infrastructure here locally and across the country is owed to his vision and effort.

But his greatest legacy will be a balanced federal budget. What is less well known is that his plans for fiscal consolidation in Canada became a blueprint for global recovery at the G20 Summit in Toronto. It was achievements such as this one that earned him the reputation of “best Finance Minister in the‎ world”. He was also one of the longest-serving and quite possibly the hardest-working.

His work as an MP was second to none. It was also unfinished. His contribution to nation-building in Canada was immense. His generous manner, fiery wit and big heart will be missed by all of us who knew him.

A book of condolence is now available at my Ajax-Pickering Constituency Office for all those wishing to share their thoughts and prayers. My office is located at the Ajax GO Train Station, 100 Westney Road South, Ajax.