A formal apology delivered in the House is official; an apology delivered off the back of a truck in Surrey is an apology delivered off the back of a truck in Surrey.
Indo-Canadians were led to believe they would be receiving both and now they are pissed.
G&M : "As requested by the Prime Minister's Office, the organizers sent a draft of a gracious thank-you speech that they intended to deliver after Mr. Harper made his remarks. The Prime Minister's Office did content and grammatical edits of the speech and approved it for delivery."
Minister of Multiculturalism Jason Kenney : "We felt it would be most appropriate for this expression to be made in a venue where the broader community could participate, which is what the Prime Minster did," he said. "This was a way to maximize participation."
"Maximum participation" was somewhat compromised when Steve "left the stage immediately afterward, without waiting to see if his host would deliver the pre-arranged thank you speech."
Well, it's their own fault of course for electing NDP Penny Priddy to Surrey North.