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Former Harper director gets key job

A member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's inner circle has been tabbed to run the Conservative Party, after being given the job of the party's executive director.

Soudas confirmed the appointment, but declined an interview request, saying it was no longer his role to take questions from the media.

Soudas was a high profile member of Harper's communications team from 2006 to 2011, before he left government to head communications at the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Soudas was known for an often acrimonious relationship with the media when he was heading Harper's communications efforts.

He also ran into controversy last year when his name surfaced in connection with the appointment of a chief executive at the Montreal Port Authority in 2007.

The chairman of the port's board said he and other directors met Soudas at a Montreal restaurant and that Soudas pressed the candidacy of a man caught up in Quebec's corruption inquiry.

In the end, the man never got the job, and Soudas has disputed the meeting took place.

The Canadian Press

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