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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks to reporters at the Port of Montreal, September 27, 2010.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks to reporters at the Port of Montreal, September 27, 2010.
(Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Jim Flaherty was the glue that bound the Conservative Party together

There is a particular kind of shocked grief in political circles – Jim Flaherty was a conservative family tie.

It wasn’t just that Mr. Flaherty was part of the glue that bound the Conservative Party together, a leading figure of the blue Ontario Tories that were one of the two major streams, along with Reformers, into the modern party. Mr. Flaherty’s personal ties are wound deeply through a generation of Tories, especially in Ontario.