Born: Lachine, Que., Dec. 30, 1949.
Educated: Bishop Whelan High School and Loyola High School in Montreal; BA from Princeton University; law degree from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School.
Private Career: Founding partner in the law firm Flaherty Dow Elliott.
Public life provincial: Loses bid for Ontario legislature seat 1990; elected to legislature as member for Whitby-Ajax 1995; enters Mike Harris cabinet as labour minister 1997; later serves as attorney general, finance minister, enterprise minister and deputy premier under Harris and his successor Ernie Eves; loses bids for Conservative leadership 2002 and 2004.
Public life federal: Wins federal riding of Whitby-Oshawa, 2006; enters Harper cabinet as finance minister, 2006; delivers every federal budget through 2014; steers country through world recession of 2008-09 with deficit spending; aims for balanced budget by 2015
Private Life: Marries fellow lawyer Christine Elliott in 1986; triplet sons Quinn, Galen and John born 1991; dies at his Ottawa home, April 10, 2014.