Ray Novak is Harper’s new chief of staff following Wright’s resignation

Global News

TORONTO – Global News has learned Ray Novak is the Prime Minister’s new chief of staff following Nigel Wright’s resignation.

Wright has resigned from his position as Stephen Harper’s chief of staff after it was revealed he helped former Conservative senator Mike Duffy pay back $90,000 in improper housing claim expenses.

Sources have told Global News the prime minister will be sending a stern message to his caucus when they meet on Tuesday, that he will not tolerate these kind of ethical breaches.

Novak, 35, is a longtime friend and advisor. The longest-serving member of Harper’s inner circle, Novak became Harper’s executive assistant in 2001. He was named principal secretary in 2008.

According to a statement released to the media Sunday morning, Nigel Wright said that Harper has accepted his resignation.

He said the Prime Minister had no knowledge he cut Duffy a check for $90,000.

That cheque is now under scrutiny by…

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