Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ontario’s finance minister, went to Caribbean holiday amid pandemic, resigns

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Ontario’s finance minister resigned 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 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.

“Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his 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 seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

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