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Despite coronavirus guidance, Ontario’s finance minister Rod Phillips went abroad on ‘personal trip’


#It would appear that the U.S. isn’t the only country with politicians not practicing what they preach during the pandemic.

#In #Canada on #Tuesday, #Ontario #Premier #Doug #Ford ordered his finance minister, #Rod #Phillips, to “immediately” return to the country after discovering that he had left #Canada earlier this month for a holiday.

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#Rod #Phillips, #Minister of #Finance, answers questions during a daily press conference in #Toronto.
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#Phillips and his wife left #Canada on #Dec. 13 and are still abroad, according to his spokesperson, #Emily #Hogeveen. #His location was not revealed.

#Ford said #Phillips’ decision to travel is “completely unacceptable” – given that #Ontario’s government last month issued guidelines urging its residents to stay home in order to curb the spread.

“I have let the minister know that his decision to travel is completely unacceptable and that it will not be tolerated again – by him or any member of our cabinet and caucus,” #Ford said in a statement.

CANADA, 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.

#Phillips spokesperson told the #Toronto #Star that several photos of #Phillips visiting public small businesses and fundraises were taken before his personal trip and tweeted out while he was still abroad.

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#As of #Tuesday, #Ontario has reported more than 2,500 COVID-19 cases with some 40 deaths.



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