William J. Stairs

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William J. Stairs
Director of Communications, Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Succeeded by Sandra Buckler
Personal details
Political party Conservative Party of Canada

William James Stairs (born September 30, 1956 in Cherrybrook, Nova Scotia)[citation needed] was the director of communications for Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.[1]

Stairs has a doctorate in political science, and is fluently bilingual.[1]

A former special assistant to The Honourable Senator Lowell Murray,[citation needed] William Stairs was the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the 2000 federal election in the Timiskaming—Cochrane riding,[2][3] finishing third to the Liberal candidate Benoit Serré. In 2003, Stairs became a spokesman for Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leader, Peter MacKay.[1] In 2005, he was made a Conservative Party of Canada spokesman and communications director for party leader Stephen Harper during the Canadian federal election, 2006.[1]

Stairs was replaced several days into Harper's tenure as Prime Minister by Sandra Buckler.[1][4] He later returned to the Prime Minister's Office as director of issues management.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Harper replaces communications director". CTV News. February 21, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Elections Canada Online | Complete list of confirmed candidates by province and territory". elections.ca. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Patrick, Jim (November 24, 2000). "Voters wonder what is on the horizon". Kirkland Lake Gazette. 
  4. ^ a b Jane Taber (March 31, 2010). "Stephen Harper loses another communications chief". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ David Akin (March 31, 2010). "Harper looks for new communications director". Post Media News. Retrieved December 11, 2010.