Queen’s Riddle

Stephen Harper met with the Queen of England.
He asked her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?”
“Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
Harper frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around are really intelligent?”
The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.”
The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”
Tony Blair walked into the room and said, “Yes, Your Majesty?”
The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, “That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.
Harper went back home to ask Jim Flaherty the same question. “Jim, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”
“I’m not sure,” said Flaherty. “Let me get back to you on that one.”
He went to his advisors and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer. Finally, Flaherty ran in to Tim Hudak out eating one night. Jim asked, “Tim, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”
Tim answered right back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”
Flaherty smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Harper. “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Tim Hudak!”
Harper got up, stomped over to Flaherty, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”
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