|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. Amongst the public he is widely remembered for attempting to bribe then sitting MP Chuck Cadman along with the "In and Out Scandal" in which the Conservative Party admitted guilt in circumventing election spending rules.
Finley was born in Exeter, England, and later raised in Hamilton, Scotland. 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 Corporation and Senior Vice President of Avcorp Industries. Later in his business career he worked as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Fernlea Flowers, of Delhi, Ontario.
Douglas Finley was described as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "number two man" and an "attack dog", responsible for vetting and disciplining candidates and MPs. Prior to his involvement with Canadian federal politics, Finley was involved with the Scottish National Party. His first Canadian federal political involvement was in the 1974 campaign of Liberal candidate Rod Blaker, who was campaigning for re-election in the Quebec riding of Lachine. He later was involved with the former Reform and Canadian Alliance parties, predecessor parties to the Conservative Party of Canada.
In 2005, Finley, along with Tom Flanagan, unsuccessfully attempted to bribe sitting independent Member of Parliament (and former Conservative MP) Chuck Cadman with a million dollar life insurance policy. Cadman was terminally ill with cancer at the time and the insurance was to be paid out to his surviving wife in an attempt to entice him to vote against the Liberal government of Paul Martin. Cadman's vote had the potential to defeat the Martin government.
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, was involved in what became known as the In and Out scandal., in relation to campaign funding.
In 2009, Finley was appointed to the Senate.
Finley died of cancer on May 11, 2013, after a long illness.
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