CFN – John Baird was one of the Harper government’s most interesting Cabinet ministers. Today he announced that he’s stepping down from his post and will not be running again. There’s wild speculation about what has triggered his decision.
Could it be that MP’s that retire before the end of February get their gold plated pensions at 55 instead of 65? Was the lure of the private sector that great for a career politico like Mr. Baird? Did he simply hit the glass ceiling for gay men in the Conservative Party? There are rumblings of Stephen Harper not running himself in the next election. Could this be a parting blow from someone who simply was told that they were not going to get their shot at the throne?
We may never know. Mr. Baird is far too savvy a politician to play the game any other way. At 45 he’s still young enough to take a break and come back, or he simply can cash in from years of serving the public as many other politicians have before him.
This however can only be seen as a blow to Mr. Harper as he loses another of his war horses. It’s been buzzing that several MPs from all parties will be departing before the February pension cut off.
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Photo: MP Baird attending event in Cornwall Ontario with former Mayor Bob Kilger and former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.
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