Conservative Party names new deputy executive director - 2014-07-03
The federal Conservative Party is set to name its new executive director to replace Dimitri Soudas, the much embattled former staffer who was fired after using his role to interfere in his fiancée's nomination battle.
Conservative sources say the party yesterday chose Dustin Van Vugt as deputy executive director, a newly created position. Van Vugt is expected to take over the top role within a few months. Simon Thompson, who has been the party's interim executive director since Soudas was fired in May, will remain in his role until Van Vugt is confirmed by the party's national council.
Van Vugt has been chief of staff to Bal Gosal, minister of state for amateur sport, since the spring of 2011, according to proactive disclosure filings on the Department of Canadian Heritage website. Sources told CBC News he was expected to be named to run the party's administrative side.