Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird Resigns Unexpectedly

February 3, 2015 2:36 PM

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who helped Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper nudge a liberal-leaning country further to the right, unexpectedly resigned Tuesday with plans to work in the private sector.

Baird, 45, shares the same conservative philosophy and hyper-partisan temperament as Harper, who has kept tight control over his cabinet during his nine-year tenure, rarely letting ministers stray from script. But Baird was one of the few allowed to speak freely, and even for the prime minister. He ...

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