When the Conservative leader's tour arrived in Cornwall on a drizzly, dreary Monday morning, a bright and cheery message greeted reporters in the media filing room:
"Dear Canadian media, please enjoy your stay on PEI."
Coffee and donuts were provided -- A nice touch.
When we returned after Stephen Harper's speech, however, a senior Conservative official had scrawled underneath:
"In a time of global economic uncertainty, only one party and one leader can protect our families and economy."
Which prompted a member of the media entourage to draw an arrow to the first message, and counter-scrawl: "This is an unpaid advertisement not sanctioned by the Conservative party."
It's going to be a long, 21-hour day.