Ontario Finance Minister Goes On Vacation Abroad With His Wife Amid Stay At Home Orders
He says they would have cancelled the trip had they known a shutdown was coming.
After leaving the country for a vacation on December 13,says that he would've reconsidered his plans had he known a province-wide shutdown was coming.*
The Minister of Finance's Office provided his statement in an email to Narcity.
Had I been aware then of the eventual December 26th Province-wide shutdown, we would have canceled the trip.
Hon. Rod Phillips
"Immediately following the end of the Legislative Session, which occurred on December 8th, my wife and I departed on a previously planned personal trip outside of the country," Phillips wrote in the statement.
"I have continued my work daily as the Minister of Finance and MPP for Ajax including dozens of digital Ministry, constituency and cabinet committee calls and meetings."
His statement did not specify the destination of his trip, but his office confirmed that he remains out of the country as of Tuesday.*
Phillips says he and his wife will "continue to observe public health directives," such as Canada's mandatory 14-day quarantine for international travellers.
The entire province of Ontario went intowhich prohibits any non-essential travel.
Earlier today, Ontario MPP Randy Hillier found himself in hot water after posting a group photo of himself with over a dozen people celebrating Christmas
*This article has been updated.