Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has refueled speculations about whether or not he will run for elections again in 2015 as he mentioned in a comment that it’s too early for him to decide if he will run again in the next election. Reuters reported that in response to a question inquiring if he will be a candidate in 2015, Flaherty replied that “we’ll see. I haven’t decided.” The interview was conducted while Mr. Flaherty was attending a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Australia.
Flaherty has been the only finance minister in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s governments since 2006. He is unfortunately fighting a rare skin condition that has led him to reduce the number of his speaking engagements in recent months. Due to his health problem, many have speculated that he might be step aside from federal politics before the next election. However, the minister routinely dodges the questions about his future, asserting that does not intends to leave Ottawa until the Conservatives succeed in overcoming the federal budget deficit. Flaherty alleges that he is close to balancing the books now and will have a respectable budget surplus in 2015.