Look at this announcement released by Rideau Hall today (H/T Kady O’Malley):
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.. will welcome The Honourable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at the Ottawa International Airport. The Governor General will then meet with President Obama.
For information on media accreditation, please contact 613-995-xxxx.
Remember, the PMO said yesterday there would be no TV cameras or other audio equipment or even reporters present at Jean and Obama’s meeting. Perhaps her Excellency the GG – the formal head of state of Canada – doesn’t appreciate the secretive egomaniacs down at the PMO telling her that she can’t have press there covering the event.
As Kady says, “This isn’t going to turn into a showdown between PMO and Rideau Hall, is it? Because — actually, come to think of it, at this point, bring it on.”
I think it would be extremely amusing to see the PMO (headed by humourless hack Kory Teynecke) and by extension Harper get some comeuppance from Jean over their paranoia and attempted manipulation of this event.