TORONTO - Size matters, at least when it comes to Ontario politicians and their Christmas trees.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak went on a search after a two-metre-tall balsam fir that was outside his office Tuesday was replaced with one about half that size.

Turns out Speaker Steve Peters felt the tree for his office wasn't large enough, so he sent staff out to get a bigger one, which they found outside Hudak's office.

Peters apologized but says he wanted a tree that was big enough to reflect the size of his house -- the speaker gets an apartment inside the Ontario legislature.

He says Hudak can pick a new tree, as long as it's not taller than any other tree belonging to a member of the legislature.

To add to the insult, even the smaller tree was removed from outside Hudak's office while he was complaining to reporters about the first one "walking away."