OTTAWA, March 18 Canada's Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from
politics, effective immediately, and will be returning to the
"Yesterday, I informed the Prime Minister that I am
resigning from Cabinet. This was a decision I made with my
family earlier this year, as I will be returning to the private
sector," Flaherty said in a written statement.
Flaherty said the decision was not related to his health. He
announced last year he suffers from a rare skin disease.
(Reporting by Louise Egan; Editing by Chris Reese)