Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

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Federal Budget Delay Exposes Fear, Incompetence

Sharply dropping oil prices and a weakened Canadian energy sector are revealing the limited, ineffectual nature of Stephen Harper's economic policies. Those policies, focused almost exclusively on that one sector, are too narrow. They have rendered Canadians more vulnerable and less resilient. And his government seems out of gas. Unable to cope with adverse economic developments, Mr. Harper is now retreating to a bunker. Instead of reaching out to Canadians to show leadership and build confidence, he has punted the federal budget, normally delivered in February or March, into April or later. That means Canada will go without a budget for more than this entire fiscal year.
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Flaherty's Legacy: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly

Flaherty, who was only 64 when he died, was devoted to his family and one of the most popular Members of Parliament. And while his life achievements and humanity should be praised, it also needs to be said that during his time in the federal government his policies severely discriminated against the vast majority of Canadians. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, the Flaherty/Harper contributions to the economic life of the country can be broken into three main areas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
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Heartfelt Tributes Pour In For Flaherty

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...
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A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?
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PENSION PLAN SHOWDOWN

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is suggesting he may present his own targeted proposal on pension reform at Monday's meeting with provincial colleagues, saying he is still concerned about raisi...
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Premier Wynne: Just Say No to Flaherty

Flaherty's single federal securities regulator on the provinces will have devastating economic consequences that the Wynne-Liberal government will inflict upon the Ontario economy. There are many reasons why this is a very bad deal for Ontario, grasshopper. Here is one such reason.
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Harper's Huge Political Blunder

Prime Minister Harper is often viewed by his many supporters and critics as a calculating political strategist with great political instincts. But here is a case, where Harper's acute political instincts have failed him badly. Harper has permitted his Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to revive Flaherty's all-consuming goal of creating a single federal securities regulator. Accordingly, Harper has committed an enormous political blunder.
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An Open Letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on CPP

I am writing an open letter to urge you to show leadership and honour your commitment to meet and work with the provinces to provide Canadians with the opportunity to increase their retirement investments in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP). You have the opportunity to do the right thing and improve the pension savings of all working Canadians in this country.
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Watching the Watchdog: Politicians Refusing to Communicate

What we have here is a refusal to communicate. We have a prime minister who refuses to explain why three of his Conservative senators have been forced to resign from his party. When it comes to codes of silence, His Worship the oafish mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has learned a lot from the nation's chief magistrate.
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Your Free Retirement Will Cost Someone

There's no free lunch in this world, and indeed, there's no free retirement. If retirement benefits are going up, then someone has to pay for it. The question we need to ask about any kind of a CPP/QPP increase is, what are the real costs, who pays, who can expect to reap the benefits, and what exactly can they expect to get?
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Why Austerity Matters to Canada

Prime Minister Harper is proving a political populist by practice and fiscal hawk by necessity; his finance minister, Jim Flaherty, is actually more the reverse. That tandem is holding, for now. A new Bank of Canada governor means renewed focus on the country's economic direction.
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How Canadians Dug Themselves into Debt

One may truly feel for our Minister of Finance, as no one likes to talk and be ignored. Yet, this seems to be an experience Mr. Flaherty knows all too well, as the past year he has repeatedly warned Canadians about their increasing personal debt loads, only to have those warnings tuned out.
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Getting Ready For The Next Crisis

VANCOUVER - New measures in this week's federal budget targeting tax cheats are aimed at wealthy Canadians who are using schemes with "complicated names" to hide their money from the government, Finan...
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WATCH: What's On Flaherty's Shoe?

OTTAWA - Having all but ruled out new spending, the trick for Jim Flaherty in Thursday's budget is to maintain the impression of "action" in his fifth instalment of the Economic Action Plan series tha...