It's become something of a campaign tradition: Stephen Harper popping up behind the counter of a local Tim Hortons, dishing out double-doubles and doughnuts.
But on Monday, the veteran campaigner let slip a remark at a Tim's in Gananoque, Ont. that he may wish to take back.
"Tell me what to do, just don't let me handle the cash," the Tory leader said to Tim's staffers, presumably referring to the register.
CBC News posted a short video online:
And, before you could say Timbits, someone created a Vine:
And a GIF:
— Patrick Morrell (@PatMorrell_CBC) August 31, 2015
New Democrats wasted little time poking fun:
"No kidding." - Canadians https://t.co/SqhWPlolWh— NDP_HQ (@NDP_HQ) August 31, 2015
As did some Liberals out in Vancouver:
And plenty others took to Twitter with jabs at the Conservative leader's economic record.
I'm no political strategist, but I feel like he might not have meant to say "just don't let me handle the cash". https://t.co/BsiaOSpv0Z— Kyle Kirkup (@kylekirkup) August 31, 2015
"Don't let me handle the cash," said Harper, "just give it directly to the richest Canadians."August 31, 2015
According to The Brockville Reporter, Harper and Tory incumbent Gord Brown served "about a dozen pre-poured, capped cups of coffee" over a 20-minute visit.
It appears a lot of effort went into getting things just right.
"The PM's advance people arrived two hours ahead of time to assess the crowd, make sure there was room to park two buses (one for Harper’s entourage; the other for the press), and that the coffee was poured and ready for Harper," said the newspaper.
The Tory leader has nailed this type of photo-op in the past.
Like this visit to a location in Innisfil, Ont. in 2004:
And this stop in Dieppe, N.B. in 2011:
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will visit a Tim Hortons location Tuesday in Gatineau, Quebec.
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