Michael De Tandt: Baird’s mysterious departure leaves a hole in Harper’s Ontario guard

February 3, 2015 6:50 PM

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Michael De Tandt: Baird’s mysterious departure leaves a hole in Harper’s Ontario guard

Whatever John Baird’s reasons for walking away in his prime from the second-most prestigious job in Canadian government, we can say this: His exit puts the Conservative party in a jam. Prime Minister Stephen Harper may believe he can make do without Baird, or someone like him; the party as a whole will be less sanguine. The reason is Ontario.

Here’s what we know so far about the affable, voluble, energetic and now former foreign affairs minister’s motivation for making this rather drastic move now, even as his portfolio takes on primary importance ahead of the coming federal election: Precious little.

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