Jim will be missed by a great many people. First and foremost, our deep condolences go to his family and close friends -- he was taken far too soon.
He will be missed by the legions of other friends that he developed over the years.
And he will be missed by his political colleagues -- ally and opponent alike. He will be remembered with fondness, because that's the kind of guy he was; and with respect, because he was tenacious, tough and very capable. He stood his ground because he believed in what he stood for. He was one of those too-rare politicians who entered public life for the right reasons, believing that his public service was just that -- service.
Although we got to know each other through politics, my own favourite memory of Jim is entirely personal. Whenever we ended up at the same event, same function -- as soon as we spied each other across the room, he'd smile a big grin, as would I. His eyes would twinkle, and we'd make our way over to each other for a big hug. Nothing partisan. Indeed, transcending partisanship. Just plain old respect and affection.
Thank you, Jim, for your friendship and your service. And thank you to your family for sharing you with us and the country for so long.
Devastating news. Jim Flaherty was a good person and a good friend. Condolences to family and friends.-- John Duncan (@JohnDuncanMP) 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
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