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Add another name to the list of Tory soon-to-be-ex staffers

Just days after the news broke that PMO media wrangler Andrew MacDougall would be hanging up his lasso at the end of the month comes word that Government House Leader Peter Van Loan's long-serving communications director Fraser Malcolm will also be fleeing the precinct before the fall session gets underway. 

Although his departure is unlikely to stir up anywhere near as much of a fuss as did MacDougall's, it's fair to say that Malcolm will be just as much missed by reporters whose job requires them to keep tabs on the day-to-day business of the House Commons.

From fulfilling frantic 5 am requests for a time check on the grand finale of a marathon voting session to explaining the finer points of the procedural plotting and counterplotting playing out behind the curtains, he was unfailingly prompt and, at least in my experience as helpful as he could possibly be. all the while remaining, at heart, a loyal emissary of his zealously partisan master.

Here's an excerpt from his farewell email, which hit the Hill this morning:

It has been an incredible honour to have served this government and our Prime Minister over the last 5 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of working for Minister Van Loan. I owe an enormous amount of gratitude to Peter for giving me this opportunity when he hired me straight out of university. Over the last many years, he has been an excellent boss, mentor and friend. It has been especially meaningful to work for him in the House Leader's office since 2011, as we have delivered on some of the most fundamental and long-standing commitments that Prime Minister Harper and our party have worked for and campaigned on for the last decade - these are accomplishments I won't soon forget.

Let me also say thank you to all of you, I have enjoyed my time in Ottawa and that comes down largely to getting to work with some of the smartest and most passionate people around.

We'll miss you, Fraser. Don't forget to tell your successor to keep his BlackBerry on the bedside table.  

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