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article imageDimitri Soudas resigns post as Harper's communications director

By Justin Crann     Jun 1, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - One month after the Conservative Party was returned to Parliament Hill with a majority mandate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's communications director is throwing in the towel.
"It all started on Sep 5 2002 and on Sep 5 2011 - 9 yrs later - I'll start a new chapter of my life. Priority 1 my wife and 3 kids," wrote Dimitri Soudas on his Twitter feed today, after addressing a meeting of the Conservative caucus with his announcement.
Soudas tweets about his reason for resigning from the post as Harper s director of communications.
Soudas tweets about his reason for resigning from the post as Harper's director of communications.
In notes from his address to the caucus released by Soudas to Postmedia News, the outgoing director of communications said, "If there is a list of burnout jobs in politics, director of communications to the prime minister of Canada is probably near the top."
Soudas has had an ongoing love and hate relationship with some members of the press. He was accused this past April of attempting to influence the appointment of a new chair to the Port of Montreal in 2007, but was defended by his boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
File photo: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou...
File photo: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Kalavryta, Greece.
George Papandreou
Harper also honored Soudas last week by paying a visit to the town of Kalavryta, Greece, where Soudas' grandfather was executed by Nazis during the Second World War.
Soudas was named as Harper's fifth director of communications last April, after serving with the Conservative Party for eight years. He has resigned the demanding position of director of communications to spend more time with family, and will work his last day in September.
It is currently unknown who the Prime Minister will select to replace Soudas as the director of communications for his first majority government.
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