Was it a ReformaTory colleague who spilled the beans on CBC?
Or did a few insiders know of Baird's sexual orientation and use the information judiciously? Ricky at QT digs deep and finds information at LieSite, from June 2006.
Egad. Bully Baird or Talibanny Pacheco? Not that I'd ever vote for a ReformaTory, but it's obvious why Stevie chose Baird. The party faithful or the 'full-metal-religious-zealot'?
"Harper rejected the candidacy of pro-marriage candidate John Pacheco during the Dec. 2005 Ottawa West nominations in order to protect the party’s star candidate, homosexual activist John Baird. Baird is a gay activist and staunch proponent of homosexual 'marriage'. In the provincial legislature Baird spoke in favour of a provincial gay marriage law striking the words "husband" and "wife" from all Ontario legislation. In the legislature Baird went so far as to heckle one of his own provincial Conservative colleagues who opposed the gay marriage law.
In 2003 Baird was asked by Stephen Harper to serve as co-chair for his leadership campaign. And in the federal election of 2004, John was again asked by Stephen Harper to serve as Ontario co-chair for the National Campaign."