It is with deep sadness that I express my deepest condolences to the family of Jim Flaherty.
We all deeply mourn his loss.
Jim Flaherty was one of the best finance ministers that Canada, and arguably the world, has ever known. When the recent global recession struck, his leadership brought our country successfully through the greatest recession in decades, and made Canada the most admired country in the G-7.
It has been an enormous privilege to serve Canada on the same team as Jim Flaherty. Our country has been blessed by his guidance and he will be sincerely missed. His legacy is the strong and prosperous Canada that he has bequeathed to young Canadians - a future with prosperity and opportunity.
On behalf of the residents of Newmarket-Aurora, and all of Canada, we honour his memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family of Christine, John, Galen, and Quinn, during this difficult time.
A book of condolences for the public will be available at my constituency office; 16600 Bayview Avenue, Unit 206, Newmarket until April 25.