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As is our election-time custom, a crack team of Free Press reporters and editors has assembled a series of silly pop-culture and lifestyle questions and put them to four high-profile candidates, each representing one of the four major federalist parties.
The purpose of the exercise is not to test the candidates' knowledge, but to learn a little bit about their personalities. As usual, we snuck in a couple of serious trivia questions for the sake of variety.
Taking part in this year's quiz were Liberal incumbent Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre), Tory MP Brian Pallister (Portage-Lisgar), NDP veteran Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) and first-time Green candidate Brad Bird (Brandon-Souris), an outdoorsman and former Free Press reporter.
All of them deserve a hand for even agreeing to this gig.
Here's how the candidates fared:
Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk, inside your trunk?
Anita Neville (Liberal, Winnipeg South-Centre): Well, you should see what's inside my trunk. When I'm away my cousin uses my car, so he has some of his stuff in there.
Brad Bird (Green, Brandon-Souris): I'm going to make a piece of art and sell it, and maybe make a bit of a fort.
Brian Pallister (Conservative, Portage-Lisgar): Is this some Christmas rap song? I'm supposed to know the next line to that, aren't I, and you're not going to tell me.
Pat Martin (NDP, Winnipeg Centre): First stop is the dump on E-Day plus one. It always has been. Out go the signs and the stakes. You recycle what you can and dump the rest, because I'm packing a lot of gear that's superfluous to day-to-day life.
What does Gwen Stefani mean when she says she ain't no Hollaback Girl?
Neville: I don't know, sorry.
Bird: Beats me.
Pallister: It raises some possibilities I think I would just as soon not speculate on.
Martin: She's no fan of the Hollabacks, a sports team.
What's on your iPod?
Neville: I don't have an iPod, but I have lots of music. It ranges from contemporary Canadian to international folk, to classical music. Some jazz.
Bird: I don't own one.
Pallister: That I can tell you. I have a wide variety of music, including some authentic, Look Sharp Joe Jackson stuff and a fair bit Spanish and Brazilian music.
Martin: Ray St. Germain, and Harry Manx.
Do you have a problem with 50 Cent?
Neville: I'm not sure what you're talking about.
Bird: Not at all.
Pallister: He's a perfect example of the price you pay for free speech.
Martin: No, I'm not into censorship.
What happened to Nick and Jessica?
Neville: I just read about Nick and Jessica. I can't tell you -- it went in one ear and out the other.
Bird: They probably got divorced.
Pallister: That really rings a bell. Wasn't it Jessica who was on the farm, with that home-movie girl, Paris... Hilton? Did Nick and Jessica make a home movie, too?
Martin: Divorced! No, separated.
What do you think kept Martha Stewart busy while she was in jail?
Neville: I understand she was working on the rehabilitation of some of her classmates or cohorts. I don't know whether she got involved in the kitchen in the jail. Maybe she gave them some tips on economical cooking for large numbers of people.
Bird: Answering fan mail.
Pallister: It's likely macrame, and that's a good thing.
Martin: Managing her portfolio.
Which top-rated TV show best describes your party -- Lost, Desperate Housewives or CSI?
Neville: I don't know what Lost is. Probably CSI.
Bird: None of the above. It would probably be The Red Green Show.
Pallister: It's kind of a given the last one would be most appropriate, given the Liberal record.
Martin: Nobody likes the stink of desperation. I'd say CSI, because we're often probing into the minutiae of issues.
What CBC personality would be more fun on a long road trip -- Rick Mercer, Rex Murphy or Don Cherry?
Neville: They've all got their different attributes. I think I'd go with Mercer. He's lots of fun. Although when I did have an opportunity to do a bit with him, he was all business.
Bird: Don Cherry. He's a down-to-earth kind of guy with a good sense of humour.
Pallister: I just love the way Rex Murphy talks. I think it would be relaxing travelling with him. With Mercer, my face would hurt, by the end.
Martin: Rex Murphy. I think Rick Mercer would wear a little thin after the first couple of miles. Rex has more substance.
What fantasy realm would you most like to visit -- Narnia, Middle Earth or Hogwarts?
Neville: Hogwarts, just because it's the least known to me. It would be an adventure.
Bird: I guess Hogwarts. I've always wanted to be a bit of a musician. There might be a chance down there.
Pallister: I'd like to make the Liberals disappear, so I think Hogwarts would probably be good for learning how to do that.
Martin: Narnia. I like the mysticism, but it has an underlying depth to it, too. There's more depth than fluff.
What's your favourite all-time movie?
Neville: Let me be parochial. My daughter Sarah was in two of Guy Maddin's movies, Archangel and Careful. In the overall scheme of things -- I'm dating myself here -- probably A Man For All Seasons.
Bird: That's easy. The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews sings like an angel, and you gotta like the way they outfox those Nazis.
Pallister: Shawshank Redemption. It's a well-acted, poignant, powerful portrayal of the human will triumphing over adversity.
Martin: I just saw Forrest Gump on TV last night. I was really moved, more than I was the first two or three times. There is some real depth in that. I have a lot of respect for film as a medium, so I shouldn't be frivolous with this. Of course, this is a funny article.
What was the last book you read?
Neville: I read several books at a time. I have Peter Newman's book, Here There Be Dragons. I have a book by Margaret Drabble by my bed, Gates Of Ivory. And I read a lot of mysteries -- I just recently finished Gail Bowen's latest and I have a new one by somebody called Louise Anderson.
Bird: I'm reading a book by Nevil Shute right now, Pastoral.
Pallister: The Joy Of Sex.
Martin: The autobiography of John Stuart Mill. (Ed) Broadbent gave it to me and said, "Read this." I thought I'd better.
What was the last performing arts event you attended?
Neville: Probably the Warehouse (Theatre's) Cul de Sac.
Bird: I attended a play at the local theatre in Deloraine. It was a visiting Prairie Theatre Exchange troupe.
Pallister: My sister did a play. She was part of Marvin's Room, at the Glesby Centre in Portage. It was really well done.
Martin: Sierra Noble, at a fundraiser for Raven Thundersky's family.
How many cars do you own and what are they?
Neville: One grey Chevy Malibu. I don't know whether it's a '99 or 2000.
Bird: I own one car, a 1986 Ford Escort wagon.
Pallister: I own a 1993 Oldsmobile touring sedan and a 1997 BMW.
Martin: Two. A 2005 Honda CRV and a 2000 Volkswagen Passat.
Where did you meet your husband/wife?
Neville: My former husband, please. At university.
Bird: I'm divorced. But I met my wife at church, in Deloraine.
Pallister: At a basketball game at Riddell (Hall). We were both watching. Brandon was playing the U of W, and she was playing for the U of M at the time, so she was there watching the opposition. I was a graduate of Brandon and I played for the Bobcats, so I was watching my old team.
Martin: In Dawson City, Yukon. I lived there for five years. I worked in the asbestos mines, which is not a career path I'd recommend to anybody. She was a waitress slinging hash in a local saloon.
What happens if I put you on rollerblades?
Neville: I just got a new knee two months ago. The old me wouldn't have tried it. The new me certainly would.
Bird: I would probably not be able to stop.
Pallister: Painful things. Probably 911 calls.
What's your favourite restaurant in Manitoba, outside your own riding?
Neville: I only eat in my riding. I guess Kelekis.
Bird: There's a Greek restaurant on Corydon I like, Niko's.
Pallister: Café Carlo. I also like Amici.
Martin: There's a Chinese place on south Pembina we go to all the time, in a stripmall where Winners is. Sun Fortune.
What goes in a tortiere?
Neville: Ground pork, drippings and fried onions. I haven't made one in years.
Bird: I don't know.
Pallister: My teeth.
Martin: It's 50-50 -- one horse, one rabbit. That's what I was told in Ottawa.
How about shmoo torte?
Neville: It's an angel food nutcake. There are several different recipes. You can make it with walnuts or pecans. You slice it and then layer it with whipping cream and caramel sauce. It's a Manitoba delicacy.
Bird: You've got me there.
Pallister: I haven't got a hot clue and I don't want to say I'll eat it, because I'm not 100 per cent sure.
Martin: Probably marzipan or something.
Which four First Nations live in Manitoba?
Neville: Cree, Ojibway, Dene and are there Saulteaux here?
Bird: We've got Cree, we've got Saulteaux and we have Chipewyan. Some would say Inuit as well.
Pallister: The Métis nation, I would say. The Chippewa we could argue about. The Republic of Iceland and the Republic of Manitoba, we can't argue about.
Martin: The obvious are the Cree and the Ojibway. But there are Dene and there are Sioux.
Which of the following places are you likely to find a cougar: Riding Mountain, the Whiteshell or the Palomino Club?
Neville: I'll say the Palomino Club.
Bird: Ha. All three!
Pallister: There was a cougar sighted several years ago south of Rossendale, but there would be cougar sightings further north as well.
Martin: Realistically, I know there's been cougars in the Whiteshell.
Please name two endangered species found in Manitoba.
Neville: I don't know that I can do that.
Bird: The burrowing owl and the yellow lady's slipper.
Pallister: That's easy. That's the Liberals and New Democrats.
Martin: I'm the sponsor for one. The World Wildlife Fund assigned an endangered species to each MP. Mine was a little toad, but I don't know the name of it and I'm not even sure if it was a Manitoba thing. Let's say the peregrine falcon and the great snowy owl.
OK, so the game's tied in the 10th end. Would you rather hit or draw?
Neville: I don't play. Probably draw.
Bird: I would rather draw.
Pallister: I'm a former provincial curling champ. I would draw.
Your party wins a majority. Do you pony up any money to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg?
Neville: Personally, or the government? You know the desire here in Winnipeg to bring the NHL back. If it was a reasonable option, I'd do what I can.
Bird: It would be great to have another NHL team here, but I think the responsibility for that has to lie with the private sector.
Pallister: Every day! Do you know how much money was spent on advertising for the Ottawa Senators? Don't get me started on eastern Canadian teams, vs. the west. Like I said, every day.
Martin: No. Categorically.
What seatless party holds the best parties -- the Greens, the Christian Heritage people or the Marijuana party?
Neville: I can only assume the Marijuana party.
Bird: I'm not much of a party person myself, but I think the Green party can put on a pretty good show.
Pallister: The Christian Heritage. It's for a number of reasons I don't want to disclose right now. Suffice it to say it's a very good time and you don't regret it the next day.
Martin: I would say the Greens, just because the Marijuana party probably couldn't get it together. They might set a date, but you don't know if it will ever happen.
Which of the Bloc MPs is really a closet federalist?
Neville: I can't think of one.
Bird: Probably more of them than we know.
Pallister: There are a few, you know. I won't (name names because) it might help the Liberals if that got out. I think they actually all are, once they get to Ottawa.
Martin: There have been some, too. There was that attractive woman who was a model for Playboy once. It was quite a sensational thing. But she didn't run last time, so that's not fair.
If you had to marry someone of the same sex, who would you pick?
Neville: Oh God. I'm not going there.
Bird: I'm not going there at all.
Pallister: I think Shaquille O'Neal would be a gentle lover. Oh, they're going to love that down in Winkler.
Martin: These are tough ones. Scotty Brison, because we joked about that in the past. When he announced he was going to get engaged, I said 'Make sure you pay cash for the ring.' That's a career killer, otherwise.
Discounting this interview, what's the most idiotic thing a reporter has ever asked you?
Neville: There's been some dumb ones. Maybe it's your next question.
Bird: Oh, golly. "Did it feel good to finish your walk to Churchill?" Yes, I was asked that. You're damn right it did, baby!
Pallister: I often get "How tall are you?" but I don't know if that's really idiotic. But I know the most idiotic: Post-Stronach, I got "Would you consider joining the Liberal party?" That was hilarious.
Martin: I have a lot of respect for reporters. I'm blanking out.
Finally, why can't we all just get along?
Neville: I think many of us do get along. Some, by nature, just choose not to.
Bird: Ego, and pride.
Pallister: If we all get along, some of us aren't thinking.
Martin: Egos. It's the great enemy of reason.
Questions by Bartley Kives, Geoff Kirbyson, Patti Edgar, Mary Agnes Welch, Paul Wiecek, Andrew Maxwell and Helen Fallding.
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