Stephen Harper, speaking with Fox News this morning. “There was a long tradition up until about the 90s of U.S. presidents often making Canada their first foreign visit.”

Canadian Press, two weeks ago. “Canadians like to think it’s a tradition that a newly elected president of the United States comes to Ottawa for his first foreign trip, but it’s a tradition that’s been breached as much as honoured in recent years. President Barack Obama is to visit on Feb. 19, but of his seven immediate predecessors, only three made Ottawa their first foreign destination.”