CBC News's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sat down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the election on Oct. 19.
The aim: to give voters a better sense of the leaders themselves and their politics.
"The premise is simple; the execution a challenge," Mansbridge writes.
"We requested the same thing from each of the parties: a full 30 minutes with their leaders, uninterrupted in a venue of their choice, but away from the campaign trail, away from the rallies and the whistle-stops and the media buses.
"The interviews would be wide-ranging. No topic was off limits, and, as with every one we do, no questions were provided beforehand."
One question that was particularly tricky for each of the leaders: "What is it about you, that you feel should make you a prime minister?" The answers are surprising.
Watch all the interviews below. The videos appear in the order the interviews originally aired on CBC's The National.
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- Full text of Peter Mansbridge's interview with Stephen Harper
- Justin Trudeau would loosen PMO control, reverse trend started by father
- Full text of Peter Mansbridge's interview with Justin Trudeau
- Tom Mulcair as PM would end Canada's fight with ISIS
- Full text of Peter Mansbridge's interview with Tom Mulcair