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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wears a Team Canada jersey at a news briefing in Washington on March 12, 2010.

LARRY DOWNING

Upon learning White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had made good on their bet and worn a Team Canada jersey to a press briefing, Dimitri Soudas issued the following "on the record comment":

• The Canadian men's and women's hockey teams showed the world that hockey is Canada's game.

• The Prime Minister was thrilled to be in the stands cheering on our hockey teams as they won gold in hockey, twice.

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• We're both proud of our respective countries and our athletes, hence the friendly wagers.

• Good friends can make a bet for beers, or to wear each other's jerseys.

• That said, it's always a smart idea to bet on Canada.

No word yet on when Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official spokesman will hold question-and-answer sessions with the parliamentary press gallery similar to those Mr. Gibbs subjects himself to daily in Washington.

Mr. Soudas told The Globe, however, that he would have worn an American jersey "in the foyer of the House of Commons" had the women's Olympic hockey finally turned out differently.

Associated Press video of today's White House briefing is here.

(Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)

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