In Canada on Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered his finance minister, Rod Phillips, to “instantly” return to the nation after discovering that he had left Canada earlier this month for a vacation.
Phillips and his spouse left Canada on Dec. 13 and are nonetheless overseas, in line with his spokesperson, Emily Hogeveen. His location was not revealed.
Ford mentioned Phillips’ choice to journey is “fully unacceptable” – provided that Ontario’s authorities final month issued pointers urging its residents to remain house as a way to curb the unfold.
“I’ve let the minister know that his choice to journey is totally unacceptable and that it’ll not be tolerated once more – by him or any member of our cupboard and caucus,” Ford mentioned in a press release.
Phillips’ official Twitter profile is stuffed with tweets highlighting the seriousness of the pandemic. In a Christmas Eve tweet, Phillips paid tribute to frontline employees making sacrifices through the vacation season.
Phillips spokesperson informed the Toronto Star that a number of images of Phillips visiting public small companies and fundraises have been taken earlier than his private journey and tweeted out whereas he was nonetheless overseas.
As of Tuesday, Ontario has reported greater than 2,500 COVID-19 circumstances with some 40 deaths.