As reported here (Report on Business), Dale Orr of IHS Global Insight Canada says Jim Flaherty "is certainly the best person in the Conservative cabinet to be the finance minister."
But wait, before we hang up that particular banner, what does the rest of the article say?
"Mr. Flaherty and the Conservatives should have taken better precautions against a deficit, noting they cut some rainy-day cushions and drove program spending up 13.8 per cent in their first two years."
"...he went too far in partisan attacks on Ontario's Liberal government and suggested Canada's most populous province was the "last place to invest" for business."
"...hard to find an economist who supports the Conservatives' decision to forgo $11-billion of annual revenue and cut the goods and services tax by two points..."
"It will also be the first time Ottawa has slid into the red from a surplus since 1970-1971."
"saw him fumble the relationship with Bay Street over a bid to end the tax deductibility of interest from foreign expansions, and underperform in selling a controversial equalization deal to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland."
"...he was removed from steering roles on two key agenda-setting cabinet committees."
And he's the "best person in the Conservative cabinet" to get us through this mess? We are in deep trouble my friends.