Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau to Attend Flaherty's State Funeral Wednesday in Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau to Attend Flaherty's State Funeral Wednesday in Toronto

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Mulcair, Trudeau to attend Flaherty funeral

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OTTAWA - Parliamentarians and political VIPs are preparing to head to Toronto this week to attend Jim Flaherty's state funeral at a downtown cathedral.

The former finance minister died suddenly last week of an apparent heart attack in his Ottawa home. His unexpected passing has left Ottawa reeling in an outpouring of grief that cut across party lines.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be among those at St. James Cathedral on Wednesday, along with a roster of Conservative cabinet ministers.

Both Harper and Mulcair fought tears last week when news of the 64-year-old Flaherty's death reverberated on Parliament Hill. The longtime finance minister, a popular figure in international financial circles, had retired less than a month earlier. …

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