Mayor Rob Ford paid tribute to Jim Flaherty at City Hall Thursday shortly after news of the former finance minister’s death broke.
Here is Ford’s complete speech:
“It is with profound regret that I’m speaking to the people today. In this time of great sadness, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Christine and to his sons Galen, John and Quinn.
Jim will be remembered as a relentless fighter and a champion for the people.
He will deeply be missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him.
Jim served in the provincial legislature with my late father, Doug Ford Sr., and was a close friend of the family for many, many years.
I can never thank him enough for his friendship and his loyalty through the years.
He was an honourable man, husband, father and politician who dedicated his life to his family and to the Canadian public service.
As the finance minister Jim had a stabilizing influence on the Canadian position in the international financial community.
He kept the country on track in the most difficult of financial times. Canada would not be where it is today without the efforts of Jim Flaherty.
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a very special friend.
We love you, Jim. We’ll miss you.