Finance Minister Rod Phillips left the nation for a private journey earlier this month and stays overseas, whilst well being officers plead with Ontarians to solely enterprise outdoors of their houses for important functions.
In an announcement offered to Newstalk 1010 on Tuesday, Phillips stated that he and his spouse departed on a beforehand deliberate journey outdoors of Canada someday following the top of the legislative session on Dec. 8.
Whereas it isn’t exactly clear when Phillips truly departed for his journey, a photograph posted to Instagram would appear to point that he was nonetheless within the nation on Dec. 11. At a information convention sooner or later previous to that, Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. David Williams stated that he had “nice issues” about individuals travelling internationally over the vacations, particularly to areas with greater ranges of transmission.
“I feel you actually need to weigh that out and take into account not going…” he stated on the time.
The federal authorities has been advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel for months.
When Phillips left the nation Toronto and Peel had been already positioned underneath a lockdown and case counts had been surging in quite a few different jurisdictions.
In his assertion, Phillips stated that he would have cancelled the journey had he been “conscious then of the eventual Dec. twenty sixth province large shutdown.”
His workplace informed Newstalk 1010 that he stays outdoors of the nation as of Tuesday. In his assertion, he did say that he’ll “proceed to look at public well being directives, together with the 14-day quarantine.”
He stated that whereas overseas he has continued to work every day because the Minister of Finance and MPP for Ajax and has participated in “dozens of digital ministry, constituency and cupboard committee calls and conferences.
Phillips has additionally been energetic on social media in latest weeks. On Dec. 24 he took to Twitter to thank healthcare employees, writing “as all of us make sacrifices this Christmas, do not forget that a few of our fellow residents will not even be house for Christmas dinner over Zoom.”
NDP deputy chief Sara Singh stated Phillips’ journey is the newest instance of a sample of Ford authorities members not observing public well being recommendation.
“Doug Ford let Sam Oosterhoff off the hook when he held an enormous household shindig. Ford let himself off the hook for gathering with household when he informed the remainder of us we will’t. These guys simply assume the foundations don’t apply to them,” she stated in an announcement.