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From the CBC Vault: Politicians live it up on the campaign trail

We dug deep into the CBC archives to bring you some choice shots from politicians having some fun on the campaign trail. Watch.

From the CBC Vault: Politics have fun on the campaign trail

7 years ago
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From the CBC Vault: Politics have fun on the campaign trail

Did you know that Stephen Harper has a real knack for impersonating former prime ministers? "I do them all," he tells a crowd of supporters at a campaign stop in 2011.

He really does do a mean John Diefenbaker. His Jean Chrétien isn't too shabby either. It's something you won't want to miss — and it's proof that despite the gruelling schedule, politicians do sometimes have fun on the campaign trail.

We dug deep into the CBC archives to find some choice shots from campaigns past.

Former Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield tries catching a football at North Bay Airport on May 30, 1974 while campaigning for federal election. Stanfield famously fumbled the ball on camera, an image that would haunt his campaign. (Doug Ball/Canadian Press)

There are few on here that you might remember — former Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield fumbling a football or Jack Layton strumming along on his guitar singing "This Land Is My Land" as reporters joined in — but there are also some other lesser-known moments.

Pierre Trudeau lassoing a campaign staffer? Or Kim Campbell getting sized up for boxing gloves? You might have missed those. 

Watch our video above to relive the lighter side of campaigns past.

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