Ottawa mourns following sudden death of Jim Flaherty

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The flag on the Peace tower flies at half mast in honour of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Thursday April 10, 2014 in Ottawa. Flaherty passed away at the age of 64.

OTTAWA — The flag is flying at half mast over Parliament Hill today in honour of former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty.

His sudden death Thursday at age 64 came as a shock in the nation’s capital, where parliamentary business was abruptly put on hold.

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Flaherty had resigned from the finance portfolio less than a month ago, saying his family had urged him to step down.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suggested that a more formal memorial for Flaherty is in the works, although no details are yet available.

Flaherty’s death means it won’t be business as usual in the Commons today, where members of Parliament are expected to offer their tributes and condolences.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Parliament Hill

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