OTTAWA — Political staffers spend a lot of time on the road scouting out the perfect spot for a photo-opportunity.
Liberal operatives found a location near the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivieres, Que., thinking it would be an ideal backdrop for a Justin Trudeau talk about infrastructure on Wednesday.
They hit a snag, however, when fog rolled in and blanketed the bridge to the point it could barely be seen. Trudeau had to reassure his audience that there was actually a bridge there.
Rule 1 for photo ops? You need to be able to get a photo.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May waded into the border-beer controversy on Wednesday, saying it's crazy how interprovincial trade barriers hamper the economy.
She pointed to the court case brought by Gerard Comeau, who was charged in 2012 after buying 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor in a Quebec border town and driving back to New Brunswick.
His lawyers argued the case on constitutional grounds and the judge is expected to rule next spring.
"We have more interprovincial barriers in this country to the shipment of goods and to labour mobility than the European Union has with 28 separate nation states," May said.
But May, a staunch foe of fossil fuels and expanding pipelines, came up with a perfect solution:
"If they could build the Energy East pipeline to transport beer, we'd be OK."
Some Instagram users don't seem too happy that the election campaign has seeped into their photo streams.
Alongside the usual selfies, pet pics and vacation snapshots, users have been finding sponsored posts from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official pmstephenharper account.
Ads are rarely welcomed by Instagram users and a photo of Harper and his son Ben playing a video game together prompted a flurry of complaints in the comments section.
"Why am I seeing this crap?" questioned user kjzimm2, in one of the less profane comments left under the campaign photo.
"#iamnotyourbase #fury" wrote another user. Yet another added: "Not following this knucklehead. Political ads/spam should not be permitted here."
Harper has more than 6,200 followers on Instagram, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has more than 11,500. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May do not have their own Instagram accounts.
Cheers, fluttering campaign signs and pleas for selfies are everyday fare for campaigning politicians. Reptiles? Not so much.
An NDP supporter in Vernon, B.C., brought her pet lizard out to see Tom Mulcair on a campaign stop on Wednesday.
The spiky creature clung to its owner's coat. It was wrapped in an NDP orange ribbon and sported a party button.
Reporters assigned to political campaigns traditionally come up with a nickname for the party campaign planes which ferry them back and forth across the country.
So far, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is the only leader to have his plane in the air, but the name game has been usurped by social media.
The Twitter hashtag #nameharpersplane has produced a number of suggestions. Among them: Scandalnavian Airlines, Air Farce One, Airrogance, Recessionaire, The Debt Star, HarpAir, Con-Air and Desp Air.
In 2011, reporters dubbed Harper's aircraft ScaremongAir.
The Canadian Press