Oh, it's really a nothing little issue, just a sideshow. Apparently, the international media disagrees, as the Harper government is once again "embarrassing" (Kory Teneycke's word) us on the world stage:
A sampling from the American press:
Here, here, here, and here.
Here and here.
Not to mention every international news organization. There's more, but you get the gist.
Imagine if this was really news, Conservative apologists?