By Oisin Sweeney • 01 January 2021 • 21:32
ONTARIO’S Finance Minister has resigned and apologised after taking a family holiday to the sunny Caribbean while Canadians are urged to avoid travelling.
The Canadian politician, Rod Philips, travelled to sun-drenched St Barts in the Caribbean on December 13th for a family Christmas holiday by the beach. His trip coincided with Canada experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with the government urging residents to avoid all non-essential travel.
Speaking to local media outside his Toronto home, Mr. Philips profusely apologised for his “dumb, dumb, mistake”. He said “I do not make excuses for the fact that I travelled when we shouldn’t have travelled.” It has also been revealed that during the summer, the Minister made another non-essential trip to Switzerland.
Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, told reporters at a Covid vaccine facility that “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 added.
Canada has so far recorded over half a million Covid-19 cases, with almost 16,000 deaths.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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