The PM looks for his 8th communication director in 8 years

Andrew MacDougall
I snapped this pic of soon-to-be former PMO Communications Director Andrew MacDougall at the Sikh Temple in Anandpur Sahib, the Punjab, India during PM Harper’s visit there in 2012.

It was just over a year on the job for Andrew MacDougall.


Now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief of staff Ray Novak will need to find Harper’s 8th director of communications in 8 years.

I’ve blogged on this twice before. Here’s a re-post of the last post:


Angelo Persichilli, who quit life as a journalist last August to become Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s director of communications, has just announced his resignation. Here is the letter released to the Parliamentary Press Gallery:

 30 March 2012

To: Parliamentary Press Gallery

With considerable regret, I have informed Prime Minister Stephen Harper that I am resigning from my position as Director of Communications, effective once my successor is appointed.

This is a prestigious position that requires extremely intense effort and very long hours, which at a certain age, are not an option for a long period of time.

At this time, I would like to express my thanks to members of the media at all levels for their professionalism and fair-mindedness in our dealings, as well as my appreciation to my colleagues in the Prime Minister’s Office, to the members of the Cabinet and Conservative caucus, and to the federal public service, with all of whom I have greatly valued the privilege of working.

Most of all, I would like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the opportunity to serve him during this exciting period. It has been an honour.


Angelo Persichilli

Director of Communications

Since Harper became prime minister in January, 2006, the top communications job in his office has seen plenty of occupants:

  1. William Stairs
  2. Sandra Buckler
  3. Kory Teneycke
  4. John Williamson
  5. Dimitri Soudas
  6. Angelo Persichilli

Here’s a post from not even a year ago, reviewing the appointments up to Persichilli. Stephen Harper: 5+ years in office and about to hire his 6th communications director. So, now in his seventh year as prime minster, Harper is searching for his 7th communications director.

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