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Longtime Canadian finance minister dies

Jim Flaherty spent almost 20 years in Canadian politics.
Jim Flaherty spent almost 20 years in Canadian politics.Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press/File 2012

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TORONTO — Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty, a fixture on the world financial stage who stepped down just three weeks ago, has died. He was 64.

Flaherty’s family released a statement that said he died Thursday in Ottawa. Mike Harris, Ontario’s former premier and a friend, said he suffered a massive heart attack.

Flaherty, who had the job since 2006, was the longest-serving finance minister among the Group of Seven leading industrial economies until he announced he was stepping down March 18 to return to the private sector. He battled a rare skin disease over the last year, but had said his decision to leave politics was not related.

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