Harper’s new spin doctor decries “francophone bureaucrats”

Old Persichilli column slams Quebec nationalism

Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a majority government with little support from Quebec, and if his choice for new chief spin doctor is any sign, he intends to keep it that way. Harper appointed journalist Angelo Persichilli as his new director of communications Tuesday. On Wednesday, Sun Media’s David Akin dug up a Toronto Star column in which Persichilli decries the number of francophone bureaucrats in Ottawa, slams former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe’s “selfish cultural aspirations” and urges Quebecers to be more grateful to the provinces, such as B.C., Alberta and Ontario, that pick up the tab for its generous social programs.

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