Tributes from across the country poured in for Jim Flaherty, as news spread that the former finance minister had died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 64.
Here are a few of the remembrances of Flaherty.
"Today is a very sad day for me, for our government and for all of our country. ... Jim will be sorely missed."
— Prime Minister Stephen Harper
"We appreciate that he was so well-supported in his public life by Canadians from coast to coast to coast and by his international colleagues."
— Statement on behalf of Christine Elliott and her triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn
"A three-time member of Parliament and Canada's finance minister for more than eight years, Mr. Flaherty dedicated himself to serving Canadians in one of government's most demanding roles. That he did so during challenging economic times makes his achievement all the more impressive."
— Statement from Gov. Gen. David Johnston
"As minister of finance, Mr. Flaherty served his country with dedication and conviction, even as he faced mounting health challenges. As both a man and a politician, I will remember him for his pleasant demeanour and strength of character."
— NDP Leader Tom Mulcair
"Jim was a dedicated parliamentarian with a strong social conscience and fundamentally committed to the ideal of public service. He was a proud Canadian and showed continued devotion and commitment to his country over many years. This is a loss to the entire family in the House of Commons."
— Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau
"His leadership and integrity earned him the respect and admiration of Canadians and Americans."
— Bruce Heyman, new U.S. ambassador to Canada
"On the international scene, Jim Flaherty played a pivotal role in the small group of senior decision-makers who quickly and effectively responded to the 2008-09 global financial crisis. His consummate skill and foresight during that difficult period allowed Canada's economy to emerge stronger than ever. As the guiding force of ten federal budgets, Mr. Flaherty never wavered in his abiding commitment to build a better country for all Canadians, a legacy that will ensure his memory as one of Canada's great statesmen."
— statement from Finance Minister Joe Oliver
"Canada has a lost an extraordinary public servant — a man who was respected across our country and around the world. ... On behalf of Canada's business leaders, I want to express our sincere condolences to his family. We are grateful for Jim Flaherty's many contributions to Canada and deeply saddened by his untimely passing."
— John Manley, president and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
"He was a rare partisan, able to extend a mischievous twinkle to a rejoinder in Question Period. He was a dedicated public servant and a genuinely kind man."
— Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and MP Bruce Hyer
"It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a very special friend. I love you Jim, I'll miss you."
— Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
"He was a feisty, articulate spirit in this place .... Canada has lost a great Canadian."
— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
"He was a man of character; that's a terrible loss for Canada. .... People will remember him as a great finance minister and a great Canadian."
— British Columbia Premier Christy Clark
"I did have a relationship with Jim. It is very unfortunate that he passed. He provided a great public service. I only wish he had more time with his family since his retirement so very recently."
— Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger
"Mr. Flaherty was a dedicated public servant for all Canadians, having served with distinction at the provincial and federal levels. The fact that he was Prime Minister Harper's only finance minister up until his resignation last month is a testament to Mr. Flaherty's talent and dedication. He truly exemplified what it means to be a public servant. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Flaherty's family."
— Alberta Premier Dave Hancock
"You saw the man and you saw the huge heart, you saw what he was made of .... This was an incredible man. This is a guy who will be a legend in Canadian politics, one of the longest-serving, and I would argue, one of the greatest finance ministers we've ever had."
— Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak
"He was just a thoroughly decent, hard-working, very professional guy and humble. It strikes me as significant that he didn't whine and cry when he resigned a few weeks ago; he did the classy thing, which Jim always did."
— Ernie Eves, Flaherty's onetime rival for the Ontario Conservative leadership
"I knew him for about 20 years and he was always a charming and thoughtful and good-humoured man. His wife and family have all my sympathy."
— Conrad Black
"Jim was deeply respected — a statesman who navigated the global stage and represented Canada with great distinction. Most importantly, in everything he did, he did it for the people."
— Bill Downe, chief executive officer, BMO Financial Group
"Canada has lost a true leader and statesman who dedicated more than 20 years of public service to making Canada a better and stronger country."
— Donald Guloien, Manulife president and chief executive
Just crushed at the loss of my colleague and friend @JimFlaherty. We spent 25 years together in public life. An Irish lion is gone.— Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC) April 10, 2014
Jim was a mentor to me at Queen's Park. I could rely on Jim to be a devout friend through tough times and an encouraging figure through good— John Baird (@HonJohnBaird) April 10, 2014
This spot, this place, won't ever be the same. Thank you Jim. pic.twitter.com/vac2tVOjZM— James Moore (@JamesMoore_org) April 10, 2014
My dear friend Jim Flaherty was a great man and a great Canadian. My heartfelt condolences to Christine, John, Galen & Quinn.— Peter MacKay (@MinPeterMacKay) April 10, 2014
Still can't quite believe that Jim Flaherty has left us. The lyrical Irish spirit, gritty & gregarious, the fighter, the loyal friend. RIP.— Jason Kenney (@kenneyjason) April 10, 2014
Devastating news. Jim Flaherty was a good person and a good friend. Condolences to family and friends.— John Duncan (@JohnDuncanMP) April 10, 2014
Like all Canadians, I join in expressing my sadness at Jim Flaherty’s passing. My sincere condolences to @chriselliottpc and his children.— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) April 10, 2014
I will always remember the kindness he showed me as a friend & new Minister. He was tenacious, effective, kind, and tough.— Kevin Sorenson (@MinKSorenson) April 10, 2014
Our hearts are breaking at the loss of a great colleague and friend. We will miss you Jim. My prayers are with Christine and the children.— Candice Bergen (@CandiceBergenMP) April 10, 2014
So saddened at news of Jim Flaherty's passing. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. A genuinely likeable, widely respected man.— Craig Scott (@CraigScottNDP) April 10, 2014
Much sadness. Thoughts are with family of Jim Flaherty. He gave so much to public service in Canada— Libby Davies (@LibbyDavies) April 10, 2014
I'm saddened & shocked, words cannot describe the great loss to our country and community.— Colin Carrie (@ColinCarrie) April 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jim Flaherty. Thank you for sharing Jim with us, and allowing him to serve Canada so well.— Mark Strahl, MP (@markstrahl) April 10, 2014
Shocking news. My wife Paula and I send our deepest condolences to Jim Flaherty's family, friends,and colleagues.— Robert Chisholm (@RobertNDP) April 10, 2014
Jim Flaherty's passing a tragic loss for his family and Canada: a fine person, a great political leader, he will be missed #cdnpoli— Peter Kent, MP (@KentThornhillMP) April 10, 2014
Very saddened to learn the news regarding the passing of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. His committment to Canada was unquestioned— Glenn Thibeault (@GlennThibeault) April 10, 2014
My heart goes out to the family of Jim Flaherty, & all my Conservative colleagues. Know there is love & support around you.— Megan Leslie, MP (@MeganLeslieMP) April 10, 2014
Very sad on passing of Jim Flaherty. We didn't always agree but got on well - he once called me "endangered species" as only Lib MP in 905!— John McCallum (@JohnMcCallumMP) April 10, 2014
Sincere condolences to Jim Flaherty’s family. The world of Canadian politics has lost a brilliant man.— Hon. Stéphane Dion (@HonStephaneDion) April 10, 2014
Shocked and saddened to learn of Jim Flaherty's passing. My condolences go out to his friends, family and colleagues.— Jinny Sims (@jinnysims) April 10, 2014
My condolences to #JimFlaherty's family. You deserved more time with him. He was widely respected and will be missed.— Peggy Nash (@PeggyNashNDP) April 10, 2014
Jim, we already miss you. My best thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones. SB pic.twitter.com/7RfVxEnDkV— Steven Blaney (@MinStevenBlaney) April 10, 2014
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