Reporters covering the three-day federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers' meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake nearly had a collective heart attack when a 30-car motorcade of police cruisers, limousines and support vehicles -- including an ambulance -- raced into the quaint tourist village Tuesday.
Was the ever-secretive and always-unpredictable Prime Minister Stephen Harper storming into town to impose some kind of fiscal imbalance deal on the treasurers, thereby circumventing the premiers who meet in St. John's next month?
Was U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney on a hunting trip in Ontario wine country?
It was Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his massive entourage popping by for a visit and perhaps a little shopping for Ontario's famous ice wine, which is treasured in Japan.
Interestingly, he was chauffeured in an American-made presidential-sized Cadillac and not a Japanese Lexus or Infiniti.
The Prime Minister will be in Ottawa to meet with Harper on Wednesday.
And reporters covering the interminable treasurers' meeting will still be in Niagara-on-the-Lake waiting for something to happen.