So is Stephen Harper a fruit or vegetable?
The prime minister was stumped by the question during a Tuesday stop in Winnipeg.
Harper was at a produce warehouse to announce a cut to the federal excise taxes on diesel and aviation fuels. With the prime minister standing against a backdrop of open crates of cucumbers, cauliflower, onions and potatoes, a local television reporter took advantage of the setting to pose his question.
"This is a question that is on aptitude tests and job applications. If you were a vegetable, what type of vegetable would you be and why?" he asked.
Harper laughed, turned and looked at the vegetables behind and conceded he was likely on dangerous ground for a politician.
"Um. I really don't know how to answer that one. I've never been asked that question before and I have a feeling I can't win by answering that question," he said.
"I would choose, if I had to, instead to be a fruit, just what I am - sweet and colourful," he said to the applause and laughter of his audience.
From Bruce Campion-Smith