OTTAWA — A selection of offbeat moments from Monday’s developments on the campaign trail:
ARE YOU ON MY TEAM?
The Harper family strode down a street in downtown Kitchener on Monday morning towards the main route for the Oktoberfest parade.
Waiting for them were about a dozen people in front a Horn of Plenty float, many in traditional Bavarian costume, though one was wearing a hockey jersey.
A man, walking a small grey dog, passed right in front of the Harpers as they reached the corner but seemed completely unaware of who was coming down the street.
Stephen Harper reached the man in the hockey jersey and realized who it was — Peter Braid, Conservative candidate in one of the area ridings. Harper joked he didn’t recognize him.
Harper continued shaking hands and then posed for a photo with the group.
WE’RE ALL AMERICANS, RIGHT?
Sometimes it’s tough for the politicians to tell a colonel from a corporal — or in the case of NDP graphic artists — a Canadian insignia from an American.
The NDP posted online the defence policy chapter of their platform.
The party initially used the rank of a U.S. Master Sergeant as an illustration, instead of a Canadian one.
That prompted one Twitter observer to say: “Hey Mulcair that’s an AMERICAN rank. I guess the CF will be USA?”
It also caught the attention of foreign policy analyst and columnist Eric Morse, who noted the NDP were quick to correct it after the online complaints started showing up.
The party says the mistake has now been fixed.
THIS ONE’S JUST RIGHT!
Justin Trudeau’s family joined the Liberal leader for a Thanksgiving Day photo-op, but at one point it proved to be a challenge to find a pumpkin his youngest son could – or would – hold for the cameras.
Trudeau’s son Hadrien, who is 19 months old, twice dropped a small pumpkin handed to him by his parents Monday at a patch in Gatineau, Que.
“This is heavy,” said Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire, right before they handed him the pumpkin.
In the end, Trudeau helped his son hold the pumpkin for the family photo.
After posing for the photo, Hadrien picked out an even smaller, green pumpkin, which his father scooped up off the ground for him.
The boy was able to hold on to that one without a problem.
The Canadian Press