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2014-03-18 at 16:10

Flaherty quits

The Canadian Press
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OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he is leaving the federal cabinet and returning to the private sector.

Flaherty delivered the bombshell news in a statement this afternoon.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement of his own, saying he had accepted Flaherty's decision "with great reluctance."

Flaherty, who represents the Ontario riding of Whitby-Oshawa, has been struggling with health challenges over the last year, but says he is on the road to a full recovery.

He says the decision to leave politics is unrelated to his health, but is instead simply "the right decision for me and my family at this time."

Flaherty, a former Ontario finance minister, has been in the federal Finance portfolio since 2006.

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