An 18-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in the wee hours of Sunday morning with suspected alcohol poisoning after a party at 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister and his family.
The RCMP has confirmed the young woman is not a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's family.
Harper's son, Ben, was born in 1996 and turned 18 on Saturday. He was celebrating his birthday at the residence.
The Prime Minister's Office refused to say whether alcohol was served at 24 Sussex or whether there was any booze at Ben's birthday party.
The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19 and it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age in nearby Quebec is 18.
RCMP spokesperson Lucy Shorey told The Globe and Mail the Ottawa Paramedic Service responded to a "medical call" Saturday and that it was not a police matter.
The RCMP, responsible for Harper's security, has told the Globe it will not intervene.
Ben Harper will be attending Queen's University in the fall and has committed to play for the school’s volleyball team.
Harper and his wife, Laureen, also have a daughter, Rachel, who is three years younger than Ben.
News of the medical call sparked plenty of chatter online Wednesday.
PMO refusing comment on drunk teen girl at 24 Sussex taken away by ambulance.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 23, 2014
Here's a chance for the PM to address an issue every parent of teens struggle with. Instead, PMO goes into information lockdown.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 23, 2014
This 24 Sussex story is legit, but I have to say I'm glad my shenanigans at 18 didn't make national news.— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) April 23, 2014
Well, at least Stephen Harper isn’t telling kids that pot should be legal. http://t.co/0Vg7Waq7vQ— Adam Goldenberg (@adamgoldenberg) April 23, 2014
People making a big deal of the kid getting hammed at 24 Sussex...seriously...give yourself a shake. #CDNPoli— August Murphy-King (@august_mk) April 23, 2014
When I was a teen, I did my underage drinking at a bus stop. Not the Prime Minister's residence http://t.co/U4x9sDruiK— Lauren DH (@roseneath_rd) April 23, 2014
Partisans trying to make political hay from the 24 Sussex Drive underage drinking thing have lost all credibility.— Farmer Ted (@CaptainCowpunk) April 23, 2014
With RCMP acting as PM's personal police, I certainly wouldn't want my kid hanging out drinking at 24 Sussex.— Tracey Kent (@TraceyKent) April 23, 2014
The underage drinking at 24 Sussex story is only noteworthy bc of how Harper would have reacted if it happened at Trudeau's house.— Corey Shefman (@coreyshefman) April 23, 2014
Prime Minister's 18 y/o son had a party, a girl got too drunk, now twitter partisans have become the Clone High cop. https://t.co/KZFd6NbqNv— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) April 23, 2014
Something about him making it easier for kids to get wasted? #Cdnpoli— Andrew Tumilty (@AndrewTumilty) April 23, 2014
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