Canada's political leaders are apparently still flying together, despite social distancing orders. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, along with two other MPs were flown out on April 11 to Ottawa for an emergency economic legislation, reports CBC. Scheer brought his wife and five children along for the flight.

Scheer was joined by Liberal B.C. cabinet minister Carla Qualtrough and ex-Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the outlet reports.

Despite orders to maintain at least two metres apart from others, the Leaders and MPs were reportedly packed into the nine-seater plane.

"I have to say, I had misgivings," said May to CBC.

However, the article notes that it's not entirely clear why Scheer's family came along. His press secretary Denise Siele revealed that the Scheer family plans to stay in Ottawa for the rest of the season.

May said to CBC she was told that Scheer had asked for space for his wife and kids, but didn't know the reason. Narcity has reached out to Scheer's office for comment on this but has not yet received a response.

 

"Social distancing is really important, and we want to live it and prove it," she said.

"But it was either (Scheer's family) went through commercial airports or we let them travel more safely together as a family."

May also claimed that the Scheers chose not to wear masks during the flight. However, everyone used cleaning wipes to disinfect surfaces.

Scheer has recently criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to the pandemic in Canada. 

"It’s been almost 2 weeks since the Finance Minister said help would be coming in a matter of ‘hours or days’. When will the gov't deliver on its promise?" reads one of Scheer's many tweets.

Scheer has yet to comment publicly on his recent trip to Ottawa with his family.

Comments are now closed.
Account Settings
Notifications
Favourites
Share Feedback
Log Out

Register this device to receive push notifications