January 22, 2021

Sambaad Patra

Stay updated. Always.

Ontario’s finance minister resigns after taking Caribbean holiday amid pandemic – Fox News

2 min read

Ontario’s finance minister resigned Thursday after provoking outrage for taking a holiday in the Caribbean earlier this month in defiance of his own government’s pandemic safety guidelines.

The news of Rod Phillips’ vacation broke on Tuesday after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that he had ordered his finance minister to return home.  

Minister of Finance Rod Phillips answers a question as she and Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott take questions during the provinces daily COVID-19 press conference from Queens Park in Toronto. 

Minister of Finance Rod Phillips answers a question as she and Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott take questions during the provinces daily COVID-19 press conference from Queens Park in Toronto.  (Toronto Star via Getty Images)

“At a time when every Ontarian has been asked to make sacrifices, I am extremely disappointed in Minister Phillips and his decision to travel abroad,” Ford said.

Phillips, a member of Ontario’s ruling Progressive Conservative Party, said he left the province for the French island of St. Barts on Dec. 13, after the legislative session ended.

CANDA, JAPAN AMONG NATIONS REPORTING INFECTIONS WITH FAST-SPREADING UK CORONAVIRUS STRAIN

Phillips’ official Twitter profile is filled with tweets highlighting the seriousness of the pandemic. In a Christmas Eve tweet, Phillips paid tribute to frontline workers making sacrifices during the holiday season. Ontario began a lockdown on Dec. 26 to curb the spread of the virus.

Phillips returned home on Thursday and apologized for the trip.  

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his resignation as Ontario’s Minister of Finance,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. “At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today’s resignation is a demonstration that our government takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial
error

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Instagram
Telegram
Close Bitnami banner