Sandra Buckler, the director of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, got a little ahead of herself and her position at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa this week. Buckler, along with her husband Navy Capt. Richard Gravel, rather boldly jumped the queue of dignitaries at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and laid a wreath even before Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and others took their turn to pay their respects to fallen Canadian soldiers. Observers were stunned to see a PMO staffer so blatantly detour around long-held traditions and protocol.
It hasn't been Buckler's week, clearly. Perhaps the communications director was distracted by the fact that she's had to reverse herself on what the PMO knew about letters from Karlheinz Schreiber regarding his ongoing dispute with former prime minister Brian Mulroney. After initially insisting to reporters the PMO had never seen any of Schreiber's letters to Harper, Buckler subsequently had to acknowledge that the PMO correspondence unit had in fact seen the letters and acknowledged their receipt to Schreiber.