The following message of condolence was issued by Premier David Alward following the passing of former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty today, at the age of 64:
I had the pleasure of welcoming Jim to the province on several occasions to share with us the strengths, challenges and future direction of the state of the Canadian economy.
Jim was a true nation-builder whose legacy is a stronger Canada.
As one of the longest-serving finance ministers in our nation's history, Jim took great pride in serving Canadians and as part of a government that lowered corporate taxes to the lowest level in the G7, introduced the tax-free savings account and reduced taxes 160 times.
He was also a champion for families of children with disabilities, notably through tax credits he brought forward during his time as finance minister.
I shared Jim's belief that the story of Canada is a story of partnerships; of working together to build a vision that binds us together across our physical geography and cultural differences.
On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I express heart-felt sympathies to Jim Flaherty's family, friends and to all those who were touched by his extraordinary life of service to Canadians.