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This article was published 7/6/2011 (1941 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not choke on hashbrowns this morning. He was not rushed to a Toronto hospital.
He took his daughter Rachel to school and then went to work.
But if you read the Conservative Party website this morning you'd have thought otherwise.
That's because someone hacked into the site and posted a fake news release.
I might point out that this government (or almost any government, for that matter) would not post such detailed information about an incident so quickly.
I'd also point out that if the prime minister was in the hospital the news likely wouldn't be released in the form of a news release on the party's website.
I'm sure whoever did the hacking thinks they are quite clever.
But much as that ridiculous three periods of fighting some people called a hockey game Monday night was appalling, so is hacking a party website to post false information about the prime minister's health.
Imagine what Rachel or Ben Harper may have felt if a schoolmate saw news of their father's illness and informed them of it at school? They'd both know the Toronto reference wasn't correct but there would still be panic and fear.
-- Mia Rabson