I can never forget the night John Baird tweeted that Thatcher was dead.
And how disappointed I was to find out, after consuming half a bottle of very expensive champagne, that it wasn't Margaret Thatcher, it was Thatcher his CAT !#@!!!.
But now I just wish I had saved what was left in the bottle to toast Baird's apparently imminent departure.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is leaving federal politics. Sources close to him with direct knowledge of his plans say they expect Mr. Baird to resign his cabinet seat on Tuesday and soon step down as MP for his Ottawa West-Nepean riding.
Because we do have a lot to celebrate, after his long and shabby record in office.
For who can forget the way he
Or his hilarious stint as the Minister of Religion...
Or the not so hilarious way he blindly backed Benjamin Netanyahu's settler regime.
And the shocking way he tried to steal Benny from Steve....
Or the way he tried so hard to start the Third World War...
Or in short, the way he embarrassed us in the eyes of the world...
But of course the burning question is did he jump or was he pushed?
Two weeks ago, a rumour that John Baird was going to resign bubbled up from inside the public service. It was quickly denied by the prime minister’s communications director as wishful thinking on the part of a foreign affairs bureaucracy that has no love for a minister so consistently disdainful of their advice.
Yet it looks like the rumour is true after all. The question remains — is he jumping or is he being pushed?
Because after all a gay man who names his cat after the brutish homophobe Margaret Thatcher is capable of ANYTHING.
Could he have been shown the door? There have been stories about him misusing government hospitality in the past. CTV reported that Mr. Baird and six of his friends stayed for free at the historic Macdonald House, the official residence of the Canadian High Commissioner in London, for a week — an account for which the Foreign Affairs minister has still not forgiven the news organization.
If more explosive revelations were coming, even the prospect of jettisoning a Foreign Affairs minister in the run up to an election might appear to be reasonable damage control on the part of the prime minister.
And what scandals might the Cons be hiding in that cramped closet?
But of course it doesn't really matter. All that counts is that Stephen Harper has lost another valuable servant.
Mr. Baird, 45, has proven to be one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most trusted and reliable political lieutenants and has often been given difficult assignments. His departure, after the loss of long-time finance minister Jim Flaherty, will leave Mr. Harper scrambling to replace him.
Who apparently wasn't sure he could keep his seat, which tells you something about the mood of the country.
And what do I have to say about all this?
Bye Bye Johnny.
One Con hog less...
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