09/12/2013 11:18 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Jason MacDonald named PMO communications director

Jason MacDonald, who has been spokesman for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt for the past year, has been named director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He replaces Andrew MacDougall, who held the position for more than two years and announced his decision to leave the post last month. MacDougall tweeted news of MacDonald's posting Thursday morning.

MacDonald is a former chief of staff at CBC Television and ran for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in Ottawa in the 2011 provincial election. He has also served as vice president, corporate and public affairs, at Veritas Communications, a public relations agency headquartered in Toronto.

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