Political powers gather for fond farewell to Jim Flaherty

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TORONTO – Canada’s political elite gather today to pay their final respects to Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister whose sudden death last week spurred an outpouring of grief that has stretched across the country and across party lines.

A state funeral is being held at Toronto’s downtown St. James Cathedral for Flaherty, 64, who died of a heart attack in his Ottawa condo despite frantic efforts by a cabinet colleague to resuscitate him.

Flaherty’s death, which came less than a month after his retirement, sent shockwaves through the national capital, where flags have been flying at half-mast and the Peace Tower has been bathed in green light, a tribute to his Irish heritage.

Video:Friends, family, and well-wishers stop by to pay their respects to the former Finance Minister. Mark Carcasole reports.
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Hundreds of dignitaries and…

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