The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada expresses its profound condolences to the family of Jim Flaherty.
Mr. Flaherty devoted 20 years of his life to serving Canadians, as one of Canada’s longest- serving Ministers of Finance and beforehand in Ontario. Mr. Flaherty was steadfast in his work to protect and secure Canada’s long-term economic prosperity and to better position Canada globally.
“Mr. Flaherty was a champion for higher education and research throughout his years as Minister of Finance,” said Paul Davidson, president of AUCC. “We will remember him for the legacy he has built for innovation in Canada and in particular for the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
In addition to his substantive contributions, “Mr. Flaherty took particular delight in sharing his engagement and enthusiasm for public service when speaking to university classes across the country and inspired many young people to consider pursuing public office,” said Mr. Davidson.
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