OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's communications director Andrew MacDougall is quitting his job.
MacDougall is taking a job in the U.K. with a global communications firm and announced the move on Twitter, posting a link to a statement from his new firm, Publicis Groupe, based in London.
So, I have news: MSLGROUP - Andrew MacDougall Joins MSLGROUP in the UK http://t.co/yRMTQBrcMN-- Andrew MacDougall (@PMO_MacDougall) August 14, 2013
His resignation comes at a crucial time for the Harper Conservatives as they grapple with a Senate spending scandal and prepare for what's likely to be a raucous fall sitting of Parliament.
Publicis Groupe has named MacDougall senior executive consultant in its London office.
He is expected to leave his post in the Prime Minister's Office in early September and start his new job in November.
MacDougall began as a PMO spokesperson in 2008, and was named director of communications in April 2012.
He made headlines throughout his tenure for getting in heated spats on Twitter with both regular citizens and celebrities.
With files from The Canadian Press
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