Most Liberal would disagree with you. Business experience didn't seem to help Flaherty.
That is an understatement, Juan. Wherever Flaherty stepped in, he caused utter destruction. He was finance minister under Mike Harris, here in Ontario. He steered the economy into a ditch, put it into a huge hole (6 billion $ deficit, which conservatives falsely claimed to be 2 billion during the election campaign)
His lot was booted out of Toronto, but like a bad penny surfaced again in Ottawa. Here he outdid himself, from 6 billion $ deficit, he went to 50 billion $ deficit, the biggest ever in the history of Canada (he outdid Trudeau and Mulroney, which must have taken some doing).
Now to be fair, it was not totally his fault, there is a word recession going on, thanks to Bush. However, Flaherty does deserve some blame, for frittering away the Liberal surplus, wasting it into tax cuts mainly benefiting the rich. If Flaherty had kept on with Liberal tradition of running healthy surplus, the deficit today may be a lot less than 50 billion $.
But somehow conservatism seems to be synonymous with huge deficits, there have been so many examples. Mulroney, Reagan, 1st Bush, 2nd Bush, Mike Harris, now the Messiah.