With cabinet shuffle looming, Flaherty says no intention to leave Finance
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:39PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:40PM CST
OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is taking pre-emptive action to squelch any speculation he may be preparing to depart in the next cabinet shuffle.
The minister's chief spokesman, Dan Miles, says there is no question Flaherty is committed to staying until the budget is balanced in 2015.
Miles says he had lunch with his boss on Saturday and was told in no uncertain terms that Flaherty wants to continue as finance minister if Prime Minister Stephen Harper wishes him to continue.
Flaherty has made the commitment numerous times in the past, but rumours persist in part because of his longevity in the position and because of ill health.
The minister has a serious skin disorder than has required him to take steroids, which have in turn caused swelling of his neck and face.
Miles says Flaherty has told him he has been feeling better of late.