John Baird is a Cat Person?Or was.
Turns out, the deceased was actually Thatcher, Transport Minister John Baird's beloved, 16-year-old grey tabby named in honour of the Iron Lady of British politics.
Baird, at home in his Ottawa-area riding in Nepean, Ont., had sent a message about the cat's death to someone at the dinner in Toronto.
But in the meanwhile, Harper spokesman Dimitri Soudas was in contact with Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.
Both were baffled by his inquiries.