As in any arena, strong competition breeds strong competitors. A field of strong candidates fight more forcefully for their ideas. Their weaknesses get tested.
And through the fire of a leadership contest – the hotter the better – you harden them into steel.
Step forward John Baird.
Baird cut his teeth as a Young Turk in Ontario premier Mike Harris’ government, later moving to Ottawa to become Stephen Harper’s reliable Mr. Fix-it. In both governments he had a hard-earned reputation as a fiscal hawk. He is without question an instant A-list competitor.
Baird would be a comfortable choice for many conservatives with Canadian Alliance/Reform Party lineage.
Why everyone in the Conservative Party should want John Baird to run Social Sharing
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