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.