NIGEL W

1) He probably took a BIG pay cut
It is believed that Wright was earning more than $2 million in salary and bonuses at Onex, but made around $300,000 working on Parliament Hill.

2) He’s unmarried
Along with John Baird, Jason Kenney, and James Moore, Wright was one of four “single, white males” profiled in Maclean’s magazine in 2011 as holding immense power in Harper’s inner circle. Moore has since tied the knot.

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3) He’s a big runner
Wright would apparently run a half-marathon each morning before starting a 14-hour work day at Onex.

He has kept that pace after he began working in Ottawa.

He is said to be fond of telling a story of once being surrounded by several snarling dogs during an early morning run – a perfect metaphor for politics.

4) Harper isn’t the first PM he’s worked for
Wright was a speechwriter and policy adviser to former prime minister Brian Mulroney.

He was also policy co-ordinator for Kim Campbell’s leadership campaign.

5) He almost became a priest
Wright considered joining the Anglican priesthood as a young man. He is currently a subdeacon at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church in Toronto.

6) He was the subject of a conflict of interest probe
The federal ethics watchdog cleared Wright of conflict of interest allegations in January.

Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson investigated Wright after it was reported he was lobbied on three occasions by Barrick Gold Corp, despite deep personal connections to the company’s founding family.

Dawson found there was no violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.

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