Since calling the election on Aug. 2, the ruling Conservatives have ditched eight candidates for various gaffes; the left-of-center Liberals, who are leading in the polls, have dumped five; and the left-leaning New Democratic Party have lost another two, according to punditsguide.ca, an online database of federal election statistics.
But it was old-fashioned undercover footage from three years ago that forced Jerry Bance, an appliance repairman, to leave the race. The Conservative candidate was filmed by a consumer watchdog TV show peeing in a mug during a home visit to repair a leaky sink and then dumping the contents into the sink while only partially washing the mug.
In his attention-grabbing campaign ad that went viral online, an independent candidate in rural British Columbia, Wyatt Scott, rode a Canada goose, slayed a dragon and fist bumped an alien, all while outlining his views on the high cost of university and calling for expanded social services and more support for Canada's aboriginal people.
In rural Yukon, Conservative MP Ryan Leef, staged a late-night vigil dressed in camouflage to catch a troublemaker who was defacing his campaign posters. The former Mountie performed a citizen's arrest, pushing voter Carrie Boles to the ground and handcuffing her before the police turned up.
Hair had a starring role in the campaign. The Conservative's dominant attack ad targeted well-coiffed Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as not ready to lead, ending with a dismissive "nice hair, though" line. Trudeau at the age of 43 is much younger than his two main opponents - Harper is 56 and NDP leader Tom Mulcair 60 - and doesn't appear to have their graying issues.
The issue drew in Canada's biggest literary star, Margaret Atwood, who waded into "#hairgate" in a national newspaper column, pointing out it is the prime minister, not well-maned rival Trudeau, who campaigns with a hair stylist in tow.
On the eve of the election, the Liberals returned to the theme with a cartoon ad titled "Your Guide to Canadian Political Hair" that stressed that it doesn't matter what hairstyle Trudeau has, his platform would be the same.
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The Conservatives tried other ways to suggest that Trudeau may be too inexperienced to govern. Harper's spokesman Kory Teneycke even told the Canadian Press in an interview before one leaders' debate that if Trudeau "comes on stage with his pants on, he will probably exceed expectations."
Supporters also got their 15 minutes of fame. An elderly Conservative made headlines and caused a Twitter storm as he launched an expletive-filled rant at TV reporters grilling Harper.
And a man in a bathrobe became an enduring mystery after he popped up during a controversy at a private Toronto men's club. Finance Minister Joe Oliver had just canceled a speech at the club after a furor about its exclusion of women from membership, and Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland was speaking to reporters in the club's foyer, when Bathrobe Guy suddenly appeared in the club's foyer in the midst of it all and hovered for the cameras. He has never been identified.
But it was an intervention from the U.S. that perhaps made many Canadians of different political persuasions smile, after then Republican contender for his party's presidential nomination, Scott Walker, suggested it might be "legitimate" to discuss building a wall to separate the U.S. and Canada.
"He must not know we're good hoppers," tweeted one Canadian, who posted a picture of ice hockey icon Wayne Gretzky jumping over the boards around the rink and onto the ice.