Wynne to be sworn in as Ont. agriculture minister

Ontario premier-designate Kathleen Wynne visits a Bradford, Ont., farm on Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 to...

Ontario premier-designate Kathleen Wynne visits a Bradford, Ont., farm on Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 to visit with agriculture stakeholders. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET

TORONTO -- Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne may live in north Toronto, but she wasn’t stumped by the “heifer” question.

Wynne confirmed Wednesday during a visit to a Bradford farm that she will be sworn in Monday as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Her first test was a reporter’s question asking what a heifer is.

“It’s a female baby cow. Do you know what a spent hen is?” Wynne said, referring to a chicken whose egg-laying years are behind her.

The Toronto MPP’s leadership promise to serve as the province’s agricultural minister for a year is raising eyebrows.

“I’ve heard a few comments about that and I would just say that right now there’s a very healthy skepticism,” said Tory MPP Julia Munro, who represents the York-Simcoe riding where Wynne visited.

Munro said there are many issues facing rural residents, including the need for road and bridge infrastructure improvements, and a steep learning curve ahead for the premier-designate.


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