Steven Harper met the Dalai Lama at his official office, and certain countries are unhappy about it. But Harper turned that criticism away with this deft bit of analysis:
"I met the Dalai Lama in my office but I meet everyone in my office. I don't know why I would sneak off to a hotel room just to meet the Dalai Lama. You know, he's not a call girl," Harper told OMNI television.
He quickly added: "As I say, he's a respected international spiritual leader."