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10/11/2015 19:19 EDT | Updated 10/11/2016 01:12 EDT

A selection of offbeat moments from Sunday on the campaign trail

OTTAWA — A selection of offbeat moments from Sunday's developments on the campaign trail:

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DID THEY MEAN IT IN THE PEJORATIVE SENSE?

Is Stephen Harper doing something different with his hair?

The Conservative leader, his wife Laureen and kids Ben and Rachel had just departed for a tour of Whittamore's Farm in Markham, Ont., when another group of families arrived on a different trailer.

The Harpers were long gone, but the arriving families spotted the gathered media and quickly surmised who was in the vicinity.

Suffice it to say, they weren't avid fans: "Trudeau, Trudeau," they chanted in derision.

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IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN ... ER, ORANGE

The NDP often claims to be the greenest federal party on environmental issues. Yet as he campaigns on Vancouver Island, Tom Mulcair is encouraging supporters to help paint the island NDP orange in the Oct. 19 election.

At least, he's supposed to be.

The island also happens to be home to Green party Leader Elizabeth May. On Sunday, Mulcair warned that every vote for the Greens and the Liberals takes away from his ability to defeat Stephen Harper's government.

But in speaking to supporters on the K'omoks First Nation, near Courtenay, Mulcair got his colours crossed and urged supporters to help him paint the island "green" on election day.

"Ooops. Did I say that?" he asked out loud, as the crowd laughed.

Supporters, meanwhile, were literally hanging from the trees to hear him speak.

The event had been scheduled for a community centre but had to be moved outside when hundreds more showed up unexpectedly. The only way for some to catch a glimpse of the NDP leader was to climb an apple tree.

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The Canadian Press