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.

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.

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...

Jim Flaherty Dead At 64

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died at the age of 64. Flaherty, one of Canada's longest-serving finance ministers, resigned from cabinet in March. He had been Prime Minister Stephen Harper's...

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?

The Fords Lose 'A Friend In Politics'

While some might debate Jim Flaherty's legacy as finance minister, his old family friends Rob and Doug Ford are definitely on his side. "He's the best finance minister in the world," Toronto Councillo...


Jim Flaherty, one of Canada's longest-serving finance ministers, has announced his resignation from cabinet. Flaherty, first elected in 2006 after a long career in Ontario politics, says he plans to r...