OTTAWA — An 18-year-old woman had to be carted away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence Saturday night for a suspected case of alcohol poisoning.
The RCMP, who are responsible for protecting the PM and his family, said paramedics from Ottawa's Emergency Services were called to 24 Sussex Dr. and took away in an ambulance what was believed to be an unconscious or semi-conscious woman.
While Ottawa's emergency services confirmed some of those details to some news organizations Wednesday morning, by mid-afternoon a gag order had clearly been put in effect and the ambulance operator would no longer even confirm the incident occurred.
Harper's director of communications, Jason MacDonald, declined to comment.
"We have nothing to add to your story," MacDonald said.
Neither MacDonald nor the RCMP would say if Harper and his wife Laureen were home when the intoxicated woman was removed. The Harpers are parents to Ben, who is believed to have marked his 18th birthday Saturday night, and Rachel, 15.
There was nothing in Harper's official itinerary that called for him to be out of town on Saturday night.
The RCMP would not release the identity of the 18-year-old woman taken from the home, explain her purpose for being there, or provide an update on her condition.
"This was a medical call and not a police matter," RCMP Cpl. Lucy Shorey said in a statement.
No one was able to say if the 18-year-old consumed alcohol at 24 Sussex. The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19 and, while it is permissible for parents to serve their minor children a glass of wine or a beer, the consent of a parent is required to serve unrelated minors.