I knew Jim Flaherty personally and was deeply saddened at his sudden passing.
As a lawyer Jim was top notch and had the broad respect of the Bench and Bar.
In politics Jim was hard working, honest and always prepared to listen to anyone of any political stripe. He was a genuine Canadian statesman and the country is poorer without him.
Obviously I send my condolences to his wife and three boys and the rest of his family. Jim's death is a great loss to us all.