One John Baird quote say's it all- No Better Friend to Israel, then Canada
“I’m not Jewish, but I have a rabbi – Chaim Mendelsohn [of Ottawa], Baird quipped, adding that the rabbi, who was also present, advises him well.
If you want a real idea about John Baird's loyalties- John Baird: 'Why Israel holds such a special place in my heart
He certainly doesn't wax poetically about Canada
He's definitely heading for the private sector or pseudo private sector, possibly some useless NGO, judging by all the commentary- "valuable asset" type stuff
Also by quitting and leaving his riding in a lurch he also gets to collect his big fat taxpayer funded gold plated pension- "Baird also qualifies for his pension, under an old rule, at age 55. Parliament increased the qualifying age to 65 years old but that policy only covers those who are elected or re-elected in 2015"
By leaving now Baird guarantees his golden pension will start in 10 years- had he run again and won, he would have lost 10 years of pension money- To my understanding this is a good chunk of taxpayer money! Not sure on the exact figures but I would suspect it's a substantial amount in the eyes of most Canadians!
Went to get the figures on the gold plated pension John Baird just guaranteed himself- Do the math!
More then $100,000 grand for life- well over the earnings of the vast majority of Canadians and by quitting now John Baird will receive more then one million additional taxpayer dollars.
The spending watchdog, invited to do the math by Postmedia News, calculated the pension plan for members of Parliament and senators will pay many longtime MPs more than $100,000 a year for the rest of their lives.