John Baird’s gold card causes a stir

Minister demanded special, gold-embossed, business cards when he took over new portfolio

John Baird demanded special gold-embossed business cards when he became foreign affairs minister earlier this year. Baird’s highly specific, slightly bizarre requests included dropping the Canadian logo from the cards and erasing reference to the Lester B. Pearson building, where he works. Department bureaucrats initially fought back against the minister’s demands, pointing out that they violate treasury board policy. Baird eventually got his way.

Canadian Press