OBITUARY-Canada Finance Minister Flaherty ruffled feathers, tackled crisis

Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:33pm EDT
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* Flaherty was named Conservative finance minister in 2006

* Saw Canadian economy through global financial crisis

* Outspoken critic of euro zone debt crisis, deficits

* Suffered from rare skin disease that limited activity

By Louise Egan and Cameron French

OTTAWA/TORONTO, April 10 (Reuters) - Jim Flaherty, who died on Thursday less than a month after stepping down from his post as Canada's finance minister, was a straight talker who shepherded the country's economy through a global financial crisis, and quit shortly after laying out a plan to reach his goal of balancing the government's budget.

Flaherty, 64, died peacefully in Ottawa, his family said in a statement.

He had been suffering from a rare skin disease when he resigned on March 18, but he denied at the time his decision had anything to do with his health.

The third longest serving finance minister in Canadian history, Flaherty assumed the job when Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party took power in February 2006 after more than 12 years of Liberal rule.   Continued...