For every candidate turfed as the result of Internet detective work, there are 100 candidates with a clean online past. Yet they often have informative, interesting or non-scandalous but still embarrassing Web histories. Here's a glance at Canadian party leaders through the years, awful neckties and all.
PM Stephen Harper's Wikipedia entry says he was a one-time Trudeauian Young Liberal, in the first picture from 1985. Other sources show him as a giant nerd in his high school yearbook and a smooth-around-the-edges hunk in university. So how did he morph back into that dweeb in the tie as a Reform MP in the 90s?
The first image shows Liberal Stéphane Dion on his first day of Parliament on March 25, 1996. Kidding! But his early-1960s look bears an uncanny resemblance to his professorial look in 1992 at the Université de Montréal and his 1999 book cover glamour shot, all close matches for the Dion we're familiar with today.
NDP head Jack Layton used to wear glasses as a young man. And he used to have hair as a Toronto city councillor in 1982. He lost his feathers in the early 90s while still a councillor and has kept the same mustachioed look since then (evidenced by his city of Toronto portrait just prior to making the jump to federal politics).
The Greens' Elizabeth May was green as a 23-year-old environmentalist but still served up that tenacious attitude. The first two images show young May as she drops science on a forestry official in a public debate in Nova Scotia. The next two show her with long locks in the 1990s as an author and speaker for the Sierra Club.