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Thomas Eugene Flanagan is an Americo-Canadian writer and professor of political science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the only son of an Irish-American family from Illinois, and he attended the University of Notre Dame, Indiana as an undergraduate.
Born in the United States, Flanagan first moved to Canada after completing a Ph.D at Duke University to take up a post at the University of Calgary.
Flanagan is part of a group known as the Calgary School and a senior fellow of the free-market think tank, the Fraser Institute.
Canadian federal politics
Flanagan worked for Preston Manning in the early days of the Reform Party of Canada, but left following the 1993 general election. Currently, Flanagan is a close confidant of Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party. He worked as Harper's national campaign director in the 2004 federal election, and was a senior campaign advisor in the 2006 election.
Chuck Cadman bribery allegations
A biography of Chuck Cadman, to be published March 15, 2008 charges that two Conservative party officials offered Cadman, who was critically ill with cancer, a $1 million life insurance policy if he voted against the then-Liberal minority government in a confidence vote on May 19, 2005. If Cadman had voted with the Conservatives, the Liberal government would have fallen, forcing an election.
Doug Finley (Director of Political Operations, Conservative Party of Canada) and Tom Flanagan said they met with Cadman on the day of the vote to talk about his possible move to the Conservative fold. "We offered ways that we — as campaign officials — could help Mr. Cadman in the Conservative nomination process, and if successful, wage a competitive campaign in a general election," the statement said.
Federal Liberals have asked the RCMP to investigate the allegations. They sent a letter to the Mounties on February 28, 2008 noting that under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is illegal for anyone to try to influence a member of Parliament by offering financial incentives.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
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