Canadian Minister Jetted To Caribbean While Lecturing People To ‘Sacrifice’ Holidays
Tried to cover up luxury St. Barts getaway
(TLB) Editors note: Story Update below
Another government figure has been slammed for lecturing people to stay home to keep COVID cases down, while not even bothering to do so himself.
Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Ontario, Canada’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips (Above) has been slammed for asking people to ‘make sacrifices’ and forget about going on holiday, while himself jetting off to the Caribbean.
As we all make sacrifices this #Christmas, remember that some of our fellow citizens won’t even be home for Christmas dinner over Zoom.
Thousands of front line heroes will be at work, looking out for us.
Who is the special hero in your life you want to thank?
— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) December 24, 2020
When it emerged that Phillips had left the country, breaking the ‘non-essential travel’ mandate, he was forced to issue an apology, claiming he “deeply” regretted traveling and “it was a mistake and I apologize.”
“I left on a personally paid trip to St. Barts on Dec. 13 following the end of the Legislative session,” Phillips noted claiming he was “making arrangements to return to Ontario immediately and will begin a 14-day quarantine as soon as I arrive.”
Social media users pointed out that Phillips appears to have scheduled a stream of Twitter posts to make it appear he was still in Ontario, but was wearing the same clothes in all of them because the photos were all taken on the same day before he left:
Rod Phillips and his staff put an enormous amount of effort into his deception. https://t.co/nitO2ScJvn https://t.co/XMW8QirXiK
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) December 30, 2020
Phillips also tried to cover up the fact he was in the Caribbean during a video conference call on December 16, using a fake background:
.@RodPhillips01 are those waves we hear behind your Queen’s Park Zoom background? This is disgraceful, and Ford knew about it for two weeks. #onpoli
Date: Dec. 16, 2020 pic.twitter.com/4CmDlUA09d
— Ontario Liberal Party | Parti Libéral de l’Ontario (@OntLiberal) December 30, 2020
Now angry residents, who are locked down between provinces, are calling for his head:
A new Specialized Care Centre will operate as a temporary extension of @TorontoGraceHC to offer surge capacity for #LongTermCare homes that are managing a COVID-19 outbreak or experiencing other challenges. https://t.co/5DLkp3c6YB pic.twitter.com/tK33bXLBXP
— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) December 29, 2020
If Rod Phillips doesn’t resign over his incredible lack of judgment, compounded by his attempts to mislead the public about his whereabouts, then leadership and accountability have no meaning in the Ford government.
— Peter Scowen (@scowen13) December 30, 2020
This law abiding citizen is now furious. My wife and do not invite anyone family for Christmas. We even ordered food in for Christmas dinner. We cancelled our trip south. We were told that was the right thing to do. I am starting to believe we have been mislead by the @fordnation
— David Toulmin (@doulmin) December 29, 2020
Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Pictured below) has also been slammed over the revelations, with claims that he found out about Phillips being away but did not order him to return.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
“I did call him shortly after he arrived and I asked him and he said he was away,” Ford admitted Wednesday.
“My mistake, and I take full responsibility. At that time, I should have said get your backside back into Ontario and I didn’t do that,” Ford added.
The government of Ontario recently stoked controversy by suggesting that people who do not take the coronavirus vaccine will face restrictions on where they can travel and spend time.
Phillips joins a long list of COVID hypocrites in government who spend their time lecturing everyone else to hunker down while they completely ignore all restrictions.
Ontario finance minister resigns amid outrage over Caribbean holiday
Ontario’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips resigned on after public outrage over a Caribbean vacation he took earlier this month in violation of “Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his resignation as Ontario’s Minister of Finance,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in www.reuters.com
(TLB) published this article from Summit News as written Steve Watson with our appreciation for the coverage.
Header (edited) featured image credit/© Getty Images Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips
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