Minister Maxime Bernier’s reaction to John Baird’s resignation

Conservative cabinet colleague taken aback but happy for Baird during visit to Centennial College

 

Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Maxime Bernier, surprised about John Baird's resignation. Denice Raagas/Toronto Observer
Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Maxime Bernier, surprised about John Baird’s resignation. Denice Raagas/Toronto Observer

The Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism, Maxime Bernier, was not expecting a question regarding the sudden resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

When asked for his comments regarding the unexpected resignation of John Baird, who has been in politics for nearly two decades, Bernier briefly paused before answering the question.

“I was very surprised.” Bernier said. “Just like my other colleagues,”

Bernier’s comments came Tuesday Feb. 3, after a speech to Centennial College students. He was there to discuss how investing in small businesses can benefit young business owners and the country’s economy.

Bernier praised Baird’s efforts in politics. Baird has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Harper Cabinet since 2011 and has been in public office for almost 20 years. Bernier said that perhaps Baird just had something else to attend to.

“He did a great job as a minister,” Bernier said. “I think he just had other plans,”

Despite the unexpected resignation, Bernier continues to support his former colleague.

“I wish him big success,” he said, in an interview. “If he’s happy about that, I’m happy for him.”