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Former finance minister Jim Flaherty is silhouetted during an event at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in January 2012.

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Former finance minister Jim Flaherty is silhouetted during an event at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in January 2012.

Re: Grief envelops nation's capital, April 11.

When I heard the announcement about the passing of former MP Jim Flaherty, I immediately felt sadness and shock.

I have always instinctively felt Flaherty was a rare species in the political world: a truly hard-working, sincere, intelligent and honest gentleman.

When that kind of person dies, a vacuum is left in your life and in the world -- more's the pity.

The world has need of more like him. He will rest in peace after a life well-lived.

 

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

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The best tribute the Conservatives could give former finance minister Jim Flaherty would be to cancel their election pledge for income splitting, which would only benefit a small percentage of Canadians.

In February, Flaherty questioned the fairness of this relatively narrowly cast pledge.

According to the C.D. Howe Institute, most Canadian households would gain nothing from the measure.

 

DAVID BUCKNA

Kelowna, B.C.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 A16

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