Harper, the new Canadian PM, will be diverting his plane to pick up 130 evacuees (of the estimated 50,000 Canadian citizens currently in Lebanon) on his return from the G-8.
In response to questions, Harper denied the trip was a photo opportunity.
“It’s more than a symbolic trip,” he said. “There’s a need for air support in Cyprus. Freeing up seats, we will have a significant number of seats to help the situation.”
Journalists and most of the plane’s crew will have to find their own way home, however, as the aircraft will be “stripped down to a skeleton staff.” Luckily though, for posterity’s sake, his personal photographer made the cut…