Colleagues, friends and family of Jim Flaherty gathered in Toronto on Wednesday to bid a final farewell to the former finance minister who died of an apparent heart attack last Thursday.
The state funeral — held at the hallowed St. James Cathedral — included tributes from Flaherty's widow, Christine Elliot, Flaherty's sons, his sister Norah Flaherty, and federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
One of the most moving speeches, however came from the Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a eulogy he chose to write himself.
Much has been written about the exceptional professional relationship of Harper and Flaherty: Flaherty was Harper's right hand man in cabinet for eight years. Together they formed the duo that steered the country through the global economic crisis — the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Harper spoke a little about that and, at times, got political praising "Jim" for instituting one of the the world's larger stimulus packages, engineering the money out theRead More »from Stephen Harper delivers moving eulogy for his friend Jim Flaherty