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Doug Finley, 1946-2013

The Conservative campaign manager and senator dies at the age of 66


 

Doug Finley, the Conservative campaign manager and senator and husband of Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, has passed away at the age of 66.

Here is the statement from Ms. Finley.

“Doug fought a hard and very public battle with cancer. His death is a loss to our family, our friends – and to the entire country. Although further details will soon be announced, I do ask that our family have some privacy as we prepare to formally bid farewell to a great man.”

And here is the statement from the Prime Minister.

“It was with great sadness that Laureen and I learned of the death of Senator Doug Finley. Our Government has lost a trusted adviser and strategist. Canada has lost a fine public servant. I have lost a dear and valued friend.

“Senator Finley came to Canada as an immigrant and in a long and remarkable career he helped build a better country. In the business world, he rose to prominence in several important enterprises, notably Rolls-Royce Canada. He also expressed the love he felt for his adopted country through his work in the democratic process. Here his skills, style and passion were legend.

“When he learned he had cancer, Senator Finley faced this vicious opponent like the fighter he was. He continued to participate in Senate debates almost to the end, and shared information about his diagnosis and treatment with the public.

“A great Canadian has been taken from us, before his time. Laureen and I join with so many men and women from across the political spectrum, in extending our condolences to Doug’s wife Diane, his daughter Siobhan, and all their family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”

John Geddes spoke with Mr. Finley in February 2011 about the Conservative party’s hopes for a majority. Laura Stone spoke with Mr. Finley last November about politics and death. Kady O’Malley notes that he gave his last speech in the Senate on Wednesday.


 

Doug Finley, 1946-2013

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    • A human being has died, show some class.

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          • You are an idiot!

          • “But unless the bad guys stray from general platitudes and try to make him into something he wasn’t . . . ”

            I would say calling him a fine public servant and a great Canadian strays quite a ways from general platitudes, it in fact is a downright falsehood.

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        • He was working in the senate until the week he passed away. He gave a speech last Wednesday on a bill he had sponsored and was recently passed, despite his illness. If your going to attack the memory of a dead man, at least know your facts.

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          • Don’t sink to their level. This thread is a prefect example of the level of discourse Liberals are capable of. And also a fine example of the enlightenment and intelligence levels of Wherry’s little community here. It’s proof to the lie that Liberals don’t believe in negative politics. I mean, they’re mocking a guy on the day he died. It doesn’t get much uglier and despicable than that.

  2. I don’t think it’s fair to call it a loss to the country. My condolences to Mrs Findley. He won’t be missed by this Canadian.

  3. Having lost three immediate family members to painful death by cancer, I wish no one’s family similar grief. History will eventually accord Finley his rightful place. In the meantime, condolences to his family.

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      • Thanks. You must drop in the next time you’re passing through our galaxy.

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