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Statement from the Business Council of British Columbia on the passing of Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

April 10, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) - The Business Council of British Columbia is saddened to learn of the death of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. 

“Mr. Flaherty was a dedicated public servant and man of character who gave of himself and his family to Canadians through public office, including over 8 years as the country’s Minister of Finance,” said Greg D’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia.  “He was a leader not only in Canada, but internationally among his counterparts, and his contributions to our country have ensured a more prosperous future for our country today and years to come.”

“Mr. Flaherty was a man who made a difference in everything he did and our country is the better for having had his leadership, pragmatism and invaluable contribution, which every Canadian has benefited from in one way or another,” said D’Avignon.

“Mr. Flaherty managed Canada’s finances with a steady hand through the worst global economic times in 80 years,” said Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia. “He provided strong leadership and made difficult decisions which allowed Canada to emerge from the 2008-09 global recession in better shape than many other jurisdictions.”

“On behalf of the Business Council, we extend our appreciation for his service to our country and our deepest sympathies to Mr. Flaherty’s wife and children during this difficult time,” said D’Avignon.

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Contact:

Cheryl Maitland Muir
604-812-5965
cheryl.muir@bcbc.com