the minister responsible for state finances
The Minister of Finance (French: Ministre des Finances) is one of the most important positions in the Cabinet of Canada. The current minister (2007) is Jim Flaherty.
The Minister of Finance is a senior figure within the government of New Zealand. The position is often considered to be the most important Cabinet role after that of the Prime Minister.
The is the member of the Cabinet of Japan in charge of the Ministry of Finance.
The Minister of Finance of Finland (in Finnish Valtiovarainministeri, in Swedish Finansminister) handles the Finance of Finland and all other matters covered by the Ministry of Finance. The current Minister of Finance is Eero HeinÃ¤luoma.