Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty blushed and laughed when asked about his latest critic on employment insurance — his wife.

Ontario MPP Christi­ne Elliott, a provincial Tory leadership hopeful, says the EI system is unfair to Ontario and the province should consider pulling out.

Sometimes he and his wife agree to disagree, Flaherty says. “As elected officials, Christine and I have different policy positions. That is to be expected. This is 2009. This is not 1909. We are eman­cipated people and she will think through her own policy positions.

“I don't expect that we will always agree.”

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