Harper's spokespeople threatened to cancel the press conference if, at any point in the day, a Canadian reporter shouts out a question without being invited to do so.
White House reporters habitually bark out queries during photo opportunities with the president.
But nobody had better dare pulling such a stunt in Harper's office.
"If you do (ask a question), the photo op will immediately cease," Teneycke said.
I so desperately want some reporter to think, "Fuck it," and shout out, "Excuse me, Mr Harper! Is it true that you're such a cowardly, gutless, pants-wetting, narcissistic, pompous little shit that you'd cancel this entire press conference if someone in the media so much as asks you a question?"
The next few seconds of awkward silence would be priceless.