TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of myself and the entire York
University community, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences
to the family, friends and colleagues of the Hon. Jim Flaherty, whose
sudden and untimely death has left so many of us shocked and deeply
Jim was a great and proud Canadian. One of the longest serving finance
ministers in the history of the country, he was a dedicated public
servant, a champion of higher education, a passionate disability rights
advocate, and a devoted husband and father.
An accomplished scholar and lawyer before entering politics, Jim
graduated from our Osgoode Hall Law School at York University with the
Class of 1973, after attending Princeton University on a hockey
scholarship. Widely respected for his sharp intellect, tireless work
ethic, and good humour, Jim will be remembered by his York classmates,
friends and colleagues as an individual of tremendous integrity,
principle, and candour.
While we are greatly saddened to have lost one of the most influential,
committed, and compassionate of Canadians, we are comforted by our good
fortune of having had him as a member of our Osgoode and York
communities. Just two years ago this month, he was with us to
officially open our renovated Osgoode building, which he helped to make
possible by supporting Osgoode's bid for funding through the
Federal-Provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
As a University president, it was an honour for me to know and to work
with this gifted political and government leader, who did so much to
advance research and innovation across the country, and who truly
listened and responded to the needs of all Canadians. Jim Flaherty will
be sorely missed, but his spirit and legacy remain with us here at York
and will set a lasting example for our students of the profound impact
one can have through service to society.
President & Vice-Chancellor
SOURCE: York University