Manitobans can pay their respects to former finance minister Jim Flaherty by signing a book of condolences at the Manitoba Legislature.

Premier Greg Selinger left an entry praising Flaherty in his capacity as finance minister.

“You will be remembered for your service to Canada during the great recession. It kept the country’s economy visible. Your dedication and determination made a difference to all Canadians,” wrote Selinger. 

Brad Watson was on a tour of the Legislative Building when he learned of the book. 

“I wanted to take the opportunity to sign it and offer condolences to his family, and to put a statement in recognizing in appreciation his service to us as people and to our nation," said Watson.

"A great individual; an individual of integrity, and the example that he has set for us in our homes, in our communities and in our country — live within your budget," Watson added. 

The book is available to the public in the front atrium of the Manitoba Legislature following the sudden death Thursday of the former finance minister.

Those wishing to sign will have access to the book between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The book of condolences will be sent to Flaherty's family in the near future.