The official tally
If a government announcement can be judged by the number of people it takes to make it, then Tuesday's announcement of a policy shift on Afghanistan was a big one.
No less than three ministers were on hand to tell reporters the government would take a new tack in Afghanistan, "rebalancing" the mission and, specifically, refocusing it on development in Kandahar Province.
Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson took the lead, backed up by Defence Minister Peter MacKay and International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda.
The announcement was made at Foreign Affairs headquarters on Sussex Drive, home to the government's Afghanistan Task Force the government office charged with co-ordinating Canada's Afghan Engagement.
Which may explain the large number of government officials on hand to watch the ministers do their deed.
Here, for the record, the (approximate) official tally:
Videographers and news technicians: Five
Government officials: 59
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