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Why don't you like vegetables, Mr. Harper?

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by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca

In the midst of the election campaign flurry of trading barbs and making promises, a TV reporter shot an all-consuming question at Stephen Harper on Tuesday: What vegetable are you?

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Stephen Harper answers reporters questions during a campaign stop at a vegetable processing plant in Winnipeg. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)

The Conservative leader paused and looked around at the vegetables behind him at the food terminal where he was making a fuel tax announcement.

Then he said he didn’t feel he could win by answering the question and instead chose to paint himself as a fruit because, like him, they are "sweet and colourful."

Which leads me to wonder: What's wrong with vegetables?

Why not choose to be a long-lasting, versatile potato? Or a tomato, bridging the gap between vegetables and fruits? Or even a crisp cucumber? Or an unyielding carrot? Any vegetable would do, except for a beet, of course.

Perhaps we should leave it up to the electorate to decide. In your opinion, what vegetable is Harper?

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maggie manley

winnipeg

PM Harper is a pumpkin.

Posted September 9, 2008 03:47 PM

jodie

Toronto

Iceberg lettuce. Seems crunchy and good, but actually has little nutritional value.

Posted September 9, 2008 10:38 PM

Greg

Ottawa

Nah. Harper is a good, middle-class potato. Kinda boring, but filling, nutritious and a good value for the money.

Posted September 10, 2008 08:15 AM

Marilyn Ferrel

Toronto

Harper is definitely a stalk of celery. Hard and crisp without much suubstance. When it come to addressing the issues of poverty and closing the between the rich and poor all he has to offer is water.

Posted September 10, 2008 11:46 AM

Natasha

Definitely cabbage: boring, mostly filling, but with unpleasant after effects...

Posted September 10, 2008 03:26 PM

Manolo

Toronto

George Bush Senior didn't like broccoli, so I guess that it's a right-wing thing. On the other hand I had a chuckle by the tone that Harper used to answer the question. At least someone is having fun on this unnecessary election.

Now let's try a free association exercise:

Dion: Asparagus
Layton: Carrot
Duceppe: Onion
May: Avocado
Harper: Cucumber (for similar reasons expressed by previous commenters)

Posted September 10, 2008 05:18 PM

Maria Gatti

Montréal

That is a recycled joke originally about Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet ministers, "the vegetables".

Posted September 10, 2008 07:32 PM

mynalee johnstone

Cool as a Cucumber but frequently gets into a PICKLE!

Posted September 11, 2008 01:56 AM

mynalee johnstone

Harper is definitely a cucumber: cool but often gets himself in a pickle.

Posted September 11, 2008 11:00 AM

Cara

Ottawa

Mr. Harper is very clever and very quick. If he had said he was a vegetable, the obvious twist would have been "He's a dolt." The media would have pounced on it and made fun of him for weeks, with all the puns, nicknames, cartoons and other silly nonsense that the media seems so focused on these days. He's smart to say he's a fruit, because if the media made fun of the most obvious twist to that choice, it would have incurred the wrath of certain communities, and the media are the ones that would have ended up looking stupid. Mr. Harper is sharp indeed. Now go ask Dion and Layton what they are.

Posted September 13, 2008 01:42 PM

Shirin

vancouver

Harper is definitely not certified organic, whatever he is... though I'm certain that he has been modified with Monsanto's round-up ready gene to withstand extensive spraying with pesticides which leaves only his ilk standing in a sea of decaying vegetation.

Posted September 14, 2008 12:53 AM

Josh

BC

His answer has gone over big in Hedy Fry's riding. He reminds us of the old Burrard Bridge Joke.

Posted September 14, 2008 01:56 PM

Michael

Edmonton

I don't know what all the fuss is about. I support Harper's right to choose to be a 'sweet and colourful' fruit if he wants to be.

Posted September 14, 2008 04:37 PM

rivka

BC

PM Harper is a wilted head of lettuce namely iceberg the stuff you can get from California with basically no value accept that it has been shipped all over costing everyone

Posted September 14, 2008 10:41 PM

d kschwartz

Calgary

He's neither vegetable nor fruit. They're generally good for people, and Steve's clearly not good for most of us. Maybe he's a fungus!

Posted September 14, 2008 11:19 PM

Jenn

Potato. Strong, nothing fancy, but very versatile. Cheap, filling and reasonably nutritious.

Posted September 15, 2008 10:12 AM

Nathan

Toronto

Over boiled, previously frozen, peas and carrots.

Posted October 2, 2008 05:13 PM

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