In an exchange with reporters yesterday after QP, John Baird explained why he was responding to questions on Bev Oda’s behalf.
Reporter: But is she unhealthy or something now? Is there some reason that she can’t respond to direct questions on her portfolio?
Baird: No, as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, I have been responding to that issue.
Reporter: Why is that? Isn’t that her purview?
Baird: That’s an operational decision we’ve made.