Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird bowing out of politics

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will not seek re-election and will resign his position in the Harper cabinet this week.

In a statement late Monday night, Baird’s office said the minister will rise in the House of Commons Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. to make an announcement.

Baird, 45, is not leaving for any particular job, but has decided the time is right for him to move to the private sector, a friend said Monday.

“He’s at the perfect age and in the perfect place to make a move,” said his friend, speaking on condition that he not be named.

“He took a look at the calendar and … if he left now, I think people just do their walk in the snow. I think what’s precipitated it is he’s been doing it for 20 years.”