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13 Times Canadian Politics Got Weird In 2015

When a politician being smashed through a table head-first isn't even that memorable, you know it's been a hell of a year.

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1. When a piece of regular looseleaf signed by Justin Trudeau sold online for over $12,000.

This one piece of paper sparked a massive bidding war.

This one piece of paper sparked a massive bidding war.

2. When this political candidate put out one of the strangest campaign videos you'll ever see.

And then there's the remixed version.

3. When an MP said he missed a vote in Parliament because his discount underwear that was too tight.

Sometimes you gotta pay for the good stuff.

Sometimes you gotta pay for the good stuff.

4. When an election candidate had to step down because he'd been caught on a hidden camera pissing into a coffee mug.

It could happen to anyone, really.

It could happen to anyone, really.

5. When an election candidate got dropped just for explaining rap lyrics online.

He was just one in a bizarrely long parade of candidates who had to apologize or step down.
Epic Rap Battles of History / Via epicrapbattlesofhistory.com

He was just one in a bizarrely long parade of candidates who had to apologize or step down.

6. When a bunch of guns were stolen from a former senator's home and police suspected it was an inside job.

Then again, every story involving Rod Zimmer is bizarre.
Liam Richards / The Canadian Press

Then again, every story involving Rod Zimmer is bizarre.

7. When the infidelity website Ashley Madison was hacked and a Canadian senator's name and Parliamentary office were matched with an account.

A Colin Kenny of Ottawa listed "parliament buildings the senate of canada" as his billing address to spend thousands of dollars on the site.
Chris Wattie / Reuters

A Colin Kenny of Ottawa listed "parliament buildings the senate of canada" as his billing address to spend thousands of dollars on the site.

8. When Mike Duffy testified under oath about Stephen Harper eating a hot dog in his undershirt as a "little woman" ironed his shirt.

Duffy said he considered this rude behaviour. There were so many ridiculous quotes from the Duffy trial we had to make a list of them.
Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

Duffy said he considered this rude behaviour. There were so many ridiculous quotes from the Duffy trial we had to make a list of them.

9. When an underage girl said she was offered a bribe to deny drinking with Conservative MP Rick Dykstra.

Dykstra was ultimately not re-elected.

Dykstra was ultimately not re-elected.

10. When the Conservative Revenue Minister tweeted an insult to millennials, then blamed it on a millennial campaign volunteer.

This never would have happened in the 80s.

This never would have happened in the 80s.

11. When Stephen Harper's final push to be re-elected involved laying down stacks of cash to goofy sound effects.

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It's amazing he didn't win the election.

12. When Senator Patrick Brazeau was piledrived — piledriven? piledrivered? — through a table at a wrestling event.

Brazeau would later say going through the table was not planned and he was briefly knocked unconscious.
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Brazeau would later say going through the table was not planned and he was briefly knocked unconscious.

13. When Stephen Harper's former ethics spokesman was taken away in handcuffs for breaking election laws.

The thought of jail time probably worried many Canadian politicians this year after the auditor general revealed a new wave of dodgy Senate expenses.
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The thought of jail time probably worried many Canadian politicians this year after the auditor general revealed a new wave of dodgy Senate expenses.

Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@buzzfeed.com.

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