Baird Departure a Major Blow to Federal Government?
Prince George, B.C. – While a great loss to the Harper Conservative’s, John Baird’s decision to resign as foreign affairs minister this week doesn’t mean the party is doomed to failure at the polls this year.
That from a political science lecturer at UNBC.
“Let’s have some opportunities for some bright lights out there in Canada that may wish to put their hat in for politics,” says Jason Morris.
“Who knows what names we will come up that can make a great contribution to liberal democracy in Canada.”
He adds just because 24 other sitting Conservative MP’s don’t plan to run for re-election (says the Toronto Star), doesn’t exactly signal they’re trying to abandon a sinking ship.
“There are a fair number that are not running again but at the same time it’s a Conservative majority government with a lot of seats, so my guess is it’s proportionate to how many seats they have in the normal course of business.”
Morris also finds it interesting Baird’s resignation takes effect immediately and wonders what could mean.
“I think it’s interesting he’s not serving out the term and so we could speculate as to why that is. We could also look in the days ahead if there are more people that have a change of heart or change their minds and start thinking about other career options. So the story isn’t over yet.”