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Canadian Politicians Keep Going Abroad During COVID-19 & Even More Were Caught Out

The number of Canadian politicians getting caught taking non-essential trips abroad during the pandemic just keeps climbing.

As of Sunday, January 3, both federal and provincial representatives from multiple regions had been found ignoring Canada’s ongoing travel advisories.

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This list of politicians who’ve travelled recently includes Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton who travelled to Greece to see her sick grandmother and Calgary Conservative MP Ron Liepert who visited California to visit one of his properties.

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips resigned after getting caught taking a vacation in the Caribbean island of St. Barts, while Quebec Liberal MNA Pierre Arcand was spotted holidaying in Barbados.

CAQ MNA Youri Chassin took an international trip to visit his husband in Peru and Saskatchewan Party MLA Joe Hargrave visited Palm Springs in California to finalize a property sale.

In Alberta, nine different officials have been found to have taken a trip abroad recently. 

According to CTV News, this includes Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, Jason Kenney’s chief of staff James Huckabay and two education ministry press secretaries.

MLAs Pat Rehn, Jeremy Nixon, Tanya Fir and Jason Stephan have also taken trips outside of the country.

While Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has not directly disciplined those involved, he has since issued a new directive ordering staff to stay in Canada.

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