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is an Italian journalist and newspaper editor who emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1975. He was announced in August 2011 as the new director of communications
Director of communications is a position in both the private and public sectors. A director of communications is responsible for managing and directing an organization's internal and external communications...
in the Prime Minister's Office.
Prior to joining the PMO, Persichilli worked as a columnist for The Toronto Star
, and as an editor of the Italian language
Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, by minorities in Malta, Monaco, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Libya, Eritrea, and Somalia, and by immigrant communities in the Americas and Australia...
newspaper Corriere Canadese
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. He was previously also a producer of multilingual newscasts on OMNI Television
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Perscichilli was known in 2010 for his multiple Toronto Star columns denigrating Quebec and all Canadian french speaking population in general. He also called for a reduction of french speaking personnel in the public services. He is the first director of communications to not speak both French and English, Canada's official languages, which prompted an official complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission
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