Harper loyalist Dimitri Soudas fired from top party post

Dimitri Soudas in Ottawa August 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Blair Gable, file)

Dimitri Soudas in Ottawa August 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Blair Gable, file)

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

OTTAWA - One of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's fiercest loyalists has been fired from his job with the Conservative Party of Canada days after accusations surfaced he that interfered in a local nomination race involving his girlfriend, an MP for a GTA riding.

Dimitri Soudas, executive director for the Conservative Party of Canada, resigned his duties Sunday, a party spokesman said.

Soudas' partner is Eve Adams, the Conservative MP for Brampton-Mississauga South. Adams is seeking the Conservative nomination in a new riding for the 2015 election, Oakville North-Burlington.

Adams is facing a tough fight for that nomination from chiropractor Natalia Lichchyna.

Soudas is believed to have been relieved from his job after allegations that he interfered on behalf of Adams in the Oakville North-Burlington fight.

Soudas spent more than a decade inside Harper's inner circle most recently as his Quebec adviser and as his director of communications.

He left Harper's office about two years ago for a brief spell with the Canadian Olympic Committee before returning to politics as the executive director for the Conservative Party of Canada.

Soudas could not immediately be reached for comment.

Party spokesman Cory Hann would only say that Soudas has resigned but declined to provide any other details.

Adams is alleged to have had strong words a week ago with the board of directors of the Conservative riding association in Oakville North-Burlington. That prompted a Conservative Party salaried staff worker to advise national headquarters that Adams ought to be cautioned about such behaviour.

But that staff worker was quickly fired after complaining about Adams. The staff worker's boss was Soudas.

That staff worker, Wally Butts, told QMI Agency earlier this week that he is considering legal action.

Soudas' departure as executive director of the party comes after a Sunday evening conference call with the party's board of directors.

 


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