Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper appointed a new Chief of Staff on this date in 2013.
Ray Novak would serve with great distinction as the PM’s top assistant during the following two years, becoming one of the anchors of the Harper government. Previously, he held the positions of Principal Secretary and Executive Assistant to Harper. He was known for providing unvarnished advice to the PM, and was liked and respected by PMO staff and government officials.
I owe a great debt to Ray for his support in my proud role as speechwriter to the Prime Minister, and for countless other courtesies he extended me. It is therefore a great personal pleasure to recognize Ray on this important anniversary.