06/07/2011 09:32 EDT | Updated 08/07/2011 05:12 EDT

Conservative Website Hacked: Story About Harper Being Sent To Hospital After Choking On Hash Brown Is False

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- The Prime Minister's Office has confirmed that Stephen Harper is alive and well this morning after hackers posted a false notice on the Conservative party website saying he was in hospital.

PMO spokesman Dimitri Soudas said Harper had taken his daughter Rachel to school as usual, and had arrived on Parliament Hill in fine form.

Earlier, the Conservative party website briefly carried a notice saying Harper had been rushed by helicopter to Toronto General Hospital after choking on a piece of hashbrown.

Soudas said the website was hacked.

The notice was taken down quickly but not before it was retweeted from the Twitter account of newly elected MP Chris Alexander, and then spreading like wildfire through the Internet.

Alexander has removed the tweet from his stream, and said he was not responsible for sending out a link to the false notice.

In an email, PMO spokesman Andrew MacDougall confirmed that, indeed, Harper is as "fit as a fiddle."

The "contact" information on the party website continued to be linked to a Twitter account where someone was claiming responsibility for posting "a nice juicy release" about Harper's breakfast.

The PMO referred all questions about the security of the party website to party officials. They did not immediately return calls.