Speaker Profiles

The Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Finance

Government of Canada

James M. Flaherty is a third-term Member of Parliament for
Whitby–Oshawa (Ontario). He serves as Canada's Minister of Finance and
Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. He is a Governor of
the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As Minister of
Finance he is an ex-officio member of all Cabinet Committees.

Minister Flaherty was recently awarded Euromoney Magazine's Finance
Minister of the Year award. Euromoney credited him with enhancing
Canada's reputation for sound fiscal policy while taking full account of
social justice and overseeing a strong regulatory regime that has kept
the financial sector out of chaos. He has also been described as a
pillar in both the G-7 and the G-20.

In 2010, Minister Flaherty was chair of the G-7 Finance Ministers
and chair of the annual Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.

Previously, for more than 10 years, he served as the Member of
Provincial Parliament for Whitby–Ajax (Ontario). He served as Deputy
Premier and Minister of Finance, Attorney General and Minister of

He graduated from Princeton University cum laude and then graduated
from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario with
honours and practised law for more than 20 years before being elected to
public office.

He is married to Christine Elliott, who serves as the Member of
Provincial Parliament for Whitby–Oshawa. They live in Whitby with their
triplet sons.

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