|Senator for Ontario-South Coast|
August 27, 2009 – May 11, 2013
|Appointed by||Stephen Harper|
|Born||Michael Douglas Finley
July 25, 1946
Exeter, England, United Kingdom
|Died||May 11, 2013
|Political party||Scottish National Party
Michael Douglas "Doug" Finley (July 25, 1946 – May 11, 2013) was a Canadian Senator and was Campaign Director for the Conservative Party of Canada during the 2006 and 2008 federal elections and the party's director of Political Operations. He was described as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "number two man" and an "attack dog", responsible for vetting and disciplining candidates and MPs.
On August 27, 2009, Finley was appointed to the Senate. Upon his appointment the position of National Campaign Director was discontinued, replaced with National Campaign Manager and National Campaign Chair.
Of Scots ethnicity, gruff but tender, he was born in England and raised in Scotland, Finley liked to drink, smoke and play association football.
Finley died of cancer on May 11, 2013, after a long illness.
In his professional life, Finley worked for Rolls Royce Canada in Montreal, where he rose to the position of Director of Production, Strategic Planning and New Business Development. He then served as President of Standard Aero and Senior Vice President of AvCorp Industries. More recently he worked as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Fernlea Flowers in Southwestern Ontario.
While working as Campaign Director for the Conservative Party of Canada during the 2006 federal election, Finley,with his colleagues Irving Gerstein, Michael Donison and Susan Kehoe became involved in what is known as the In and Out scandal. Gerstein was also appointed to the Senate in 2009.
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