The Canadian Press

2014-04-10 | Flaherty-Dead

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Jim Flaherty, the representative of Whitby-Oshawa, Ontario for over two decades and finance minister at both provincial and federal levels, died suddenly on April 10th at age 64, less than a month after resigning from federal cabinet to prepare for a return to the private sector. He steered the Canadian economy through the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. In 2013, he revealed he was suffering from a rare and painful skin condition but continued on despite the side effects of the potent steroids to treat it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to Flaherty's family as his wife Laureen stood crying at his side. (A state funeral was held in Toronto on April 16th.)

Date: 2014-04-10
Placeline: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 108 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << dear friends that 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 a unexpected any terrible shock to Jim's family to our caucus and to Lorraine 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 queen Galen and John at this tragic time Christine Quinn Galen John here 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 grade 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 who are in our thoughts and prayers and see things >>

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