Why don't you like vegetables, Mr. Harper?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | 11:49 AM ET
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?
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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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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