Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Dimitri Soudas one of his closest and most faithful aides. Soudas has worked for Harper for eight years, replacing John Williamson as director of communications.
On his resume are many points in his favor. Last December, he accused Canadian environmentalist Steven Guilbeault of being behind a spoof designed to embarrass the Canadian government at the Copenhagen climate summit. Although it turned out the Yes Men were responsible for the series of fake news releases that claimed Canada had committed to drastic greenhouse gas emission cuts. Then in July 2009, Soudas had to apologize for passing along incorrect information to Harper about comments made by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
Earlier this year, Soudas had to close his Facebook account after he accepted a wanted criminal as a friend on the popular social networking site.