Wednesday, April 16, 2014
What a sad time this is in the life of our country,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told mourners Wednesday as he paid tribute to Jim Flaherty during a state funeral for the former finance minister, who died suddenly April 10, 2014 at age 64.
“We have lost a partner in politics,” Harper said, addressing Flaherty’s widow, Ontario MPP Christine Elliott, and their triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn. “But you have lost a partner in life.”
In a warm, heart-felt eulogy with flashes of humour, Harper recalled their give-and-take relationship as they steered the Canadian economy through the most difficult of times.
“I don’t want you to misunderstand me,” Harper said. “I do not grieve for Jim Flaherty. I know that for Jim, the Lord has prepared a place where he can be free from the afflictions of recent times, and in joy.”
Flaherty’s sons Galen and Quinn eulogized Flaherty as a father who would continue to guide them in their lives. “You were the best father that three boys could ask for,” Quinn said. Flaherty taught his boys to value four things that his family had “in abundance,” Quinn said: “friendship, family, faith and love.” “Dad, I love you, we love you,” Quinn said. “Put your feet up, lay your head back, close your eyes and relax. We will take it from here.”