Though there has been talk in the halls of Parliament Hill of late that Jim Flaherty might shortly announce his retirement now that he has unveiled his latest federal budget, the finance minister insists he likes his job and plans to 'stick around.'
The federal government is on track to eliminate the budget deficit by autumn 2015, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Friday, as Statistics Canada reported that Canada gained 51,000 new jobs in February.
Responding to a dressing down from the federal ethics watchdog who said Jim Flaherty broke the rules when he sent a letter to the CRTC advocating for a business in his riding, the finance minister says any wrongdoing was borne of an 'oversight.'
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urged the federal broadcast regulator to grant a radio licence to a company in his Ontario riding even though government rules on cabinet responsibility forbid ministers from influencing the decisions of administrative tribunals.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is urging provinces to stay the course on plans to eliminate the deficit, telling his colleagues at a conference call Wednesday that the economy remains fragile and vulnerable to shocks.