OTTAWA - A sketch of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who sources say is about to resign from the Harper cabinet and will not seek re-election:
Age — 45
Hometown — Ottawa (formerly Nepean, Ont.)
Nickname — Rusty
Elected federally — January 2006
Previous cabinet portfolios — Treasury Board, Environment, Infrastructure, Transport, government House leader.
Elected to Ontario legislature — 1995
Ontario cabinet — Served as chief whip for the Mike Harris Progressive Conservative government; minister of community and social services, minister of energy, minister of francophone affairs.
Education — Bachelor of Arts, Queen's University.
Youth — President of the youth wing of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.
Private life — Single, vegetarian, cat lover.