The general

Conservative Senator Doug Finley, one of the primary architects of the Conservative party’s electoral success, who is now stricken with cancer, reflects on death and politics.

Along with his team, Finley ran one of “the most successful political campaigns certainly in Canada in the last 20 years” against former Liberal leaders Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, who took the reins of the party in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Not waiting for the writ to be dropped, the attacks even began before the 2008 and 2011 elections. It was called “of the constant campaign” — because in the minority situation, the threat of an election was always on.

“When you offer to go into the back alley to have a fight, you better come armed to win the fight,” says Finley. He and his team came up with a strategy which would utilize the Liberals’ own words and actions against them. For Dion, it was lack of confidence. For Ignatieff, it was foreign professorial ambitions. “There were no lies or ambiguities. I would call them not attack ads, but factual ads,” says Finley. “They were based on a very strong amount of research,” he says. “As the campaigns evolved, both of these gentlemen fed into the picture we painted of them.”




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  1. Finley must not have heard from Justin Trudeau. It is not fair to use something that was actually said or done by someone against them, unless of course you are Rob Ford, then you deserve it, but it’s not right to do that against Liberals, it is just mean spirited and nasty.

  2. too bad he feels this way rather than “I think my political ideas are the best and in an honest open contest they will win, and so an open and honest contest is what I seek”, rather than “I’m going to say a whole bunch of dumb things about the other guy in the hope of hoodwinking the least attentive voters.”
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  3. . “There were no lies or ambiguities. I would call them not attack
    ads, but factual ads,” says Finley. “They were based on a very strong
    amount of research,” he says

    Wish you the best of luck in your fight against cancer Mr Finely, but you’re just simply deluded on this point. Flanagan was closer to the truth…it just has to be plausible.

  4. I will always remember him for getting out of his hospital bed to help defeat a bill that would have given Nortel retirees their pensions. I won’t mourn him when he goes.

    • If there is such a thing as karma, that alone should cause him some grief.

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