A Canadian politician has resigned after being caught taking a household vacation within the sunny Caribbean whereas his compatriots had been urged to keep away from non-essential journey throughout a strict pandemic lockdown.
Ontario's finance minister, Rod Phillips, apologised for his "dumb, dumb mistake," telling reporters upon arrival residence at Toronto airport yesterday: "I do not make any excuses for the fact that I travelled when we shouldn't have travelled."
Hours later, Ontario Premier Doug Ford mentioned he had accepted Phillips' resignation.
"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," Mr Ford mentioned in a press release.
While the general public was urged to skip massive Christmas get-togethers this yr, Mr Phillips' workers continued to put up messages from him on social media giving the misunderstanding that he was residence for the vacations.
This included a fireplace video on Christmas Eve through which he thanks Canadians for his or her efforts to curb the unfold of the Covid-19 sickness.
It's #ChristmasEve. To my constituents in #Ajax & individuals throughout Ontario, all one of the best throughout this particular time of yr. Even as COVID-19 modifications how we have fun, we should always replicate on what makes Christmas so particular to us – together with household & the act of giving. #MerryChristmas! pic.twitter.com/AX7hKWA88n
— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) December 24, 2020
Mr Phillips, native media revealed this week, had travelled to the Caribbean island of St Barts on 13 December because the variety of new every day Covid-19 circumstances throughout Canada hit file highs.
He mentioned he would have cancelled the trip if he'd identified that two weeks later the surge in circumstances – together with 3,300 in Ontario on Thursday – would power Canada's most populous province and financial engine right into a 30-day lockdown.
St Barts within the Caribbean the place Rod Phillips went on vacation (file picture)
But officers have been warning towards journey for months.
On Wednesday, Doug Ford advised reporters at a facility getting ready vaccines: "There can't be rules for elected people and non-elected people."
"I can tell you I'm very upset. I'm very frustrated with the situation. I stand out here every single day and tell people to stay at home," he mentioned.
Mr Phillips, a member of Ontario's ruling Progressive Conservative Party, additionally reportedly took a trip to Switzerland in August.
primarily based on web site supplies www.rte.ie