09/21/2015 17:05 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

A selection of offbeat moments from the federal election campaign

A selection of offbeat moments from Monday on the federal campaign trail:



When Stephen Harper speaks to partisan election crowds, he typically looks out upon a sea of blue, with supporters clad in Conservative-coloured attire and toting similarly hued placards.

On Monday, however, he was seeing red.

Harper spoke to a crowd at a Home Hardware trade show and nearly everyone in the crowd was wearing the chain's familiar apple-red shirts and suit jackets.

Harper soon corrected the colour imbalance, though.

At a photo-op after his speech he helped mix a can of paint to a vibrant Tory blue.

It didn't quite match the blue hat with a Conservative logo that he brought along for comparison, but that wasn't about to mar the day's script.

Harper brushed a few strokes of the paint on a white canvas and delivered his line: "I said we were going to paint this riding blue."



Mitch Cobb, co-owner of Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown, swears it wasn't a set-up.

Sometimes, he says, the names of the liquid refreshments made at his boutique brewery just fit the occasion.

On Monday, the occasion was a visit by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and a must-have event for every election campaign: the proper pouring of a lager or ale at a popular watering hole.

Moving behind the bar, Cobb asked Mulcair to pick a tap, any tap, and pour himself a pint.

The politician first picked a pale ale called "Do Good-er," which also comes in bottles with labels depicting a super hero dressed in an orange outfit.

Next, he picked a seasonal beer called "Rumble In The Alley."

"I guess he was making a comparison with the rumble in the alley that's coming in the election," Cobb quipped. 



Could marathon election campaigns become more common in future? Conservative Leader Stephen Harper — the man responsible for the current one — seems to think so.

In an interview with CP24, Harper says Canada's fixed election date law has made longer campaigns inevitable.

But he also says changes in the 1990s to shorten the electoral period to five weeks made campaigns too short.

He says it was tough for party leaders to get to "most places."

Voters also get more time to reflect on the choices in a longer campaign, he says.


The Canadian Press