What I Know About Flaherty's Struggle With Disease

Thursday afternoon, along with the rest of Canada, I learned that recently retired Finance Minister Jim Flaherty died suddenly, of an apparent heart attack. While Flaherty and I did not share many things in common, we did share this one challenge: I live with lupus, which is also an autoimmune disease. I have had to take prednisone in the past as part of my own treatment. I know the havoc it can wreak on one's system. That Flaherty had been able to carry on in such a busy, high-level and demanding job, while living with active bullous pemphigoid is, quite frankly, amazing.

A Rarity On The Hill

Jim Flaherty was promising improvements to a federal disability savings plan that helps parents of special needs children when the tears started welling behind his glasses, a few drops at first, then...

In His Own Words: Flaherty's Best Quotes

Blunt. Honest. Grave. Sensitive. Those are just a few words used to describe former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who died at the age of 64 on Thursday. The MP had a gift with words that came through...

Flaherty's Family Mourns

Jim Flaherty's family is mourning the former finance minister's passing after he was declared dead from a suspected heart attack at the age of 64 on Thursday. His wife, Ontario MPP Christine Elliott,...

Is Flaherty Finished?

Could this be the end? That's the question pundits are wondering after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, whose health issues have already spurred questions about his political future, appeared to break w...