Minister of Finance (Canada)

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The Minister of Finance (French: Ministre des Finances) is one of the most important positions in the Cabinet of Canada. The current minister (2006) is Jim Flaherty.

The Finance Minister is responsible each year for presenting the federal government's budget. The Minister of Finance must deal with all the other departments and plays an important role in deciding the funding levels for each.

The Minister of Finance is often one of the most unpopular positions in the government, being responsible at times for program cuts and tax increases. Paul Martin, however, seems to have overcome this and his long tenure as minister helped elevate him to the national popularity that allowed him to become Prime Minister. Martin was the fifth Prime Minister who was previously the finance minister; the others were Sir Charles Tupper, R.B. Bennett, John Turner, and Jean Chrétien.

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