Overview[ edit ] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. Prior to entering federal politics he was a provincial politician serving in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from to and a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Evesserving as the Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, Energy and Francophone Affairs in addition to being the Government's Chief Whip.
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Baird served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from to for the riding of Nepean—Carleton part of Nepean untiland was a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.
Baird had been a member of the Conservatives sincewhen he was the youngest delegate at that time and was also a political aide for the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the late s.
During his tenure in the Harris Cabinet he adopted several cost-saving measures, including reductions in discretionary government spending and an attempt to sell Hydro Onethe government-owned utility firm.
As the federal President of the Treasury Board in the Harper Cabinet, he adopted the Federal Accountability Actwhich was put in place after the Gomery Commission which investigated the federal sponsorship scandal in the late s and early s.
He backed Mike Harris when Timbrell withdrew from the contest. Baird has also indicated that he was charged with trespassing during the federal electionafter he tried to question Ontario Premier David Peterson about free trade with the United States during a Liberal Party campaign stop in a Kingston shopping mall.
He was first elected to the Ontario legislature indefeating Liberal incumbent Hans Daigeler in the Ottawa-area riding of Nepean. The arrangement was criticized by Auditor General Erik Peterswho observed that there was nothing in the contract to prevent Andersen from increasing its hourly rates.
This was highlighted by the establishment of a welfare fraud hotline  and a complementary conditionality three months later, in which anyone convicted of welfare fraud would run the risk of being given a lifetime ban from the program.
Baird expressed concern about the physical condition of these institutions, saying that their residents "deserve better". He introduced a policy initiative to this effect at a press conference in latein which he dramatically cast a box of syringes onto the floor and said that his department planned to "stop people from shooting their welfare cheque up their arm, and to help them shoot up the ladder of success".
The site claimed that McGuinty was "opposed to helping welfare recipients who are addicted to drugs". Baird denied that the message was partisan and initially refused to apologize.
The woman had been confined to her apartment for three months and reports indicated that her pregnancy was "exacerbated by sweltering conditions in her apartment".
His department increased funding for child services early in the year, amid a significant increase in provincial demand. Baird was given additional responsibilities as Government House Leader in June after Chris Stockwell was forced to resign following allegations that he had used government funds for a family vacation.
The Energy ministry came under intense media scrutiny in late after hydro rates increased significantly in many parts of the province. Baird suggested that the rate increases resulted from an unusually hot summer. The second and more fundamental reversal occurred in late Januarywhen Premier Eves announced that Hydro One would remain under public control.
The energy policies of the Eves government were controversial, but opposition criticism was often directed at the premier rather than at Baird. Eves took a prominent interest in the Energy portfolio, and sometimes relegated Baird to a secondary role in policy announcements.
Flaherty was again unsuccessful, losing on the second ballot to the more centrist John Tory. He supported same-sex marriage during the provincial electionand in helped the McGuinty government achieve quick passage of a provincial bill granting legal recognition to same-sex couples.
John Pacheco, a leader in the social conservative movement against same-sex marriagehad sought the nomination but was disqualified due to past comments he had made alleging that homosexual practices posed a health risk.
He argued that if his campaign caused Baird to lose, the Conservatives would "get the message that social conservatives are serious about their politics. The Ottawa Citizen endorsed Baird in this campaign, and argued that his political judgment had improved considerably since his tenure as a Harris cabinet minister.
Following his appointment, he said that one of his priorities would be to prevent government jobs from being relocated from Ottawa to other regions for political purposes. The Accountability Act promised significant reform to the structure of Canadian politics and government.
Prime Minister Harper said that it would "put an end to the influence of money" in the Canadian government. The Accountability Act restricted the ability of former politicians and bureaucrats to become lobbyists, provided protection to whistle-blowers in the civil service and gave the Auditor General of Canada new powers of oversight.
New Democratic Party MP Pat Martin suggested that this deferral could delay meaningful reform for the foreseeable future. He added that no government had ever put forward "a more retrograde and dangerous" set of proposals for dealing with access to information laws.
The Senate of Canada approved it in Decemberwith several amendments, and sent it back to the Commons for further consideration.
The amended act was approved by the Commons without debate on December 8,  and was signed into law four days later. One of the most controversial cuts was to the federal Court Challenges Programwhich provided funding for Canadians to pursue rights cases in the Canadian court system.
Baird indicated that the government would keep the funding at least until the November election, but added that the Council elected in November would have the final say on the issue.
Baird denied this charge, saying that his intervention was not political. In Februaryit was reported that the House of Commons committee on government operations would be looking into his involvement over the case. MP and committee member Mark Holland voiced a concern that Baird leaked information on the contract.Bring Out the GIMP (Girls in Merciless Peril) may Archives.
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