September 12, 2008
‘You like handcuffs?’ Harper asks This Hour has 22 Minutes cast member
Security officials weren’t laughing when CBC comedian Geri Hall stood up at a press conference in Halifax and began declaring her love for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
“Mr. Harper. I’m so sorry. I’ll be so brief. I just represent the single female voter,” the cast member with This Hour has 22 Minutes said.
Officials immediately grabbed her arm and hauled her out of the room, while Hall yelled, “Girls love a guy with a sense of humour and we could just have a little fun!
“Stephen Harper, I love you! I want to love you!”
As security officials brought her down the hallway, Hall told them she was only trying to ask Harper a few questions for an upcoming segment.
“They were really going to take me to the station, because they maybe didn’t know who I was or maybe did know who I was, depends on how you want to believe it,” Hall laughed, describing the ordeal in a later interview with CBC.
But instead of a jail cell, Hall was surprised with a brief one-on-one chat with Harper.
“OK, that was a bumpy start to the second part of our relationship,” Hall joked, “but it was kind of sexy, too. Girl doesn’t get arrested by a blue-eyed man very often.”
To which Harper replied, “You like handcuffs?”
“Should I like handcuffs?” Hall responded, eyebrows raised.The incident marked one of several lighter moments during this first week of campaigning ahead of the Oct. 14 vote.
At a campaign announcement in a Winnipeg produce terminal Tuesday, Harper was asked by a reporter what vegetable he thought he was.
After pausing for a few seconds, Harper responded that he wouldn’t be a vegetable, but instead a fruit, because he’s “sweet and colourful.”
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