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Conference for Peace and Security in Iraq
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird attends the Conference for Peace and Security in Iraq at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris on September 15, 2014. The conference aims to gain support for an international alliance against radical terrorist groups, particularly the Islamic State (ISIS). UPI/David Silpa
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John Russell Baird, PC, MP (born May 26, 1969) is a Canadian politician currently serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Baird had previously held the posts of Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Environment and President of the Treasury Board. Prior to entering federal politics he was a provincial politician serving in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2005 and a cabinet minister in the Progressive Conservative governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves serving as the Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, Energy and Francophone Affairs in addition to being the Government's Chief Whip.

A long-time resident of the former city of Nepean and a graduate of Kingston's Queen's University, he is the member of the Canadian House of Commons for the riding of Ottawa West—Nepean. Baird was elected as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2006 federal election when his party won a minority government over Paul Martin's Liberal Party.

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