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Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A brief history of Harper's directors of communication Add to ...

The communications director has the thankless job of managing the Prime Minister’s 24/7 relationship with the media, and by extension, the Canadian public. No one has held this tricky job for very long.

Andrew MacDougall

Age at appointment: 36

Appointed: April 4, 2012

Upcoming challenges: F-35, Robocalls

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Angelo Persichilli

Age at appointment: 63

Appointed: September, 2011

Reason for departure: Long hours

Challenges: Robocalls, first majority budget

Dimitri Soudas

Age at appointment: 30

Appointed: April 11, 2010

Reason for departure: Family time

Challenges: “Anti-patriotic” comments from Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff; prorogation

John Williamson

Age at appointment: 39

Appointed: Aug. 27, 2009

Reason for departure: Sought Conservative nomination in New Brunswick Southwest

Challenges: Frosty relations between PMO, media

Kory Teneycke

Age at appointment: 33

Appointed: July 7, 2008

Reason for departure: Spend more time with his young family

Challenges: Improving relations with press gallery

Sandra Buckler

Age at appointment: 41

Appointed: Feb. 20, 2006

Reason for departure: Health issues

Challenges during tenure: Strict control of access and information from PMO

William Stairs

Age at appointment: 49

Appointed: June 29, 2005

Reason for departure: Fired

Challenges: David Emerson’s defection from Liberals to Conservative Party

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