I never met the man. But he was on TV quite often. And when I seen him talking, I felt confident that Canada was in good hands with this man. He made Canada a more economically stable country. While the rest of the world crashed in the Great Recession of 2008, Canada was sailing smooth waters, and Finance Minister Flaherty was the captain of the Canadiana. His decisions made Canada one of the most respected countries in the world. For three years in a row, while he was Minister, Canada was named the world's most respected country. We didn't fall during the recession, we prospered.
The man was for the little guy. Under his Ministry, the federal GST (Goods and Sales Tax) was lowered from 7% to 5%. Less taxes= more money in the pockets of Canadians. Canadians spent more, more money went into big companies, big companies hired more Canadians. For years, Canada's unemployment rate has been much lower than the American unemployment rate. We have Jim and his Economic Action Plan to thank for that.
Minister Flaherty was the best man to handle Canada's finances. And every time there was a federal budget to be unveiled, there he was, green tie and new shoes. It's a weird tradition, but it shows that the man isn'tt just a number cruncher, he's a human. He wasn't out of touch with Canadians. He was one of us. And I respect that. Rest In Peace, Mr. Flaherty, and thank you for your service to Canada.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.