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Through most of his time as federal finance minister, Jim Flaherty’s relationship with his home province’s government appeared to be nothing short of toxic.

To listen to Mr. Flaherty’s intermittent public rants, Ontario was “no longer the envy of the country” because of its “lack of leadership”; it was “the last place” in Canada to make a new business investment if you were concerned about taxes; it was potentially deserving of a downgrade to its credit rating; it suffered from fiscal mismanagement that made it “a problem for the entire country.”

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