This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada, which closed in 2021.

Harper's Tim Hortons Photo-Op Mocked After He Asks To Not 'Handle The Cash'

The NDP's reaction? "No kidding."

It's become something of a campaign tradition: Stephen Harper popping up behind the counter of a local Tim Hortons, dishing out double-doubles and doughnuts.

But on Monday, the veteran campaigner let slip a remark at a Tim's in Gananoque, Ont. that he may wish to take back.

"Tell me what to do, just don't let me handle the cash," the Tory leader said to Tim's staffers, presumably referring to the register.

"Tell me what to do, just don’t let me handle the cash." Stephen Harper makes a campaign stop at Tim Hortons. Read more: www.cbc.ca/1.3209066

Posted by CBC Politics on Monday, August 31, 2015

According to The Brockville Reporter, Harper and Tory incumbent Gord Brown served "about a dozen pre-poured, capped cups of coffee" over a 20-minute visit.

It appears a lot of effort went into getting things just right.

"The PM's advance people arrived two hours ahead of time to assess the crowd, make sure there was room to park two buses (one for Harper’s entourage; the other for the press), and that the coffee was poured and ready for Harper," said the newspaper.

The Tory leader has nailed this type of photo-op in the past.

Photo credit: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Photo credit: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will visit a Tim Hortons location Tuesday in Gatineau, Quebec.

Also on HuffPost:

In Photos: Canada Election 2015

Suggest a correction
This article exists as part of the online archive for HuffPost Canada. Certain site features have been disabled. If you have questions or concerns, please check our FAQ or contact support@huffpost.com.