Harper's press secretary says that after the working session this morning the Prime Minister was pulled aside by his officials who wanted to update him on the latest draft of the Leaders Communique to be released later this afternoon. The briefing wasn't brief enough, and so Harper was late for the photo op and missed it.
At least that's their story.
BBC TV has a different story. Their economics correspondent is reporting that the Canadian Prime Minister missed the family photo because he was "in the loo".
The PMO says it is sticking to its story, has tracked down the BBC reporter to straighten her out, and expects a correction.
Not only that, when they did the do-over photo session, Silvio Berlusconi went missing. Maybe we can make a deal with the Italians:for historical purposes, they can have the picture with our guy in it, we'll take the one with their guy in it. And both our nations can try to forget.
PS. Can we officially refer to Harper's G20 visit as "gaffe-filled" now?