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A brief history of Harper's directors of communication

Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Wednesday, April 4, 2012.


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

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Appointed: April 4, 2012

Upcoming challenges: F-35, Robocalls

Angelo Persichilli

Age at appointment: 63

Appointed: September, 2011

Reason for departure: Long hours

Challenges: Robocalls, first majority budget

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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

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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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