When he found out minutes beforehand that Harper would be attending an making a photo-op out of it, he told museum staff that he would not shake hands with Stephen Harper. As Harper made his way down the line, the staff asked Mr. Dwyer to step back so he would not even be given the opportunity to politely decline the handshake.
Then they lied about it.
"...[a] spokesperson told the Telegram newspaper that Dwyer stepped back on his own because he was overwhelmed.
“That's just a ridiculous statement,” said Dwyer. “Stephen Harper does not overwhelm me.”
N.L. teen refuses to shake PM's hand
By SHEENA GOODYEAR, QMI Agency
Bravo, Mr. Dwyer! You are one of the bravest of the millions and millions who are completely underwhelmed by this man.