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Rod Phillips Just Resigned & Ford Has Already Announced His Replacement

Ford states they are taking the matter seriously.

After multiple days of statements and apologies, Doug Ford announced that Ontario's Finance Minister Rod Phillips had submitted his resignation.  

In a statement published on Thursday afternoon, Ford said he accepted the resignation and announced MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy — Ontario's current President of the Treasury Board — as the new finance minister.

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I want to once again thank every person in Ontario for their ongoing resolve in the face of this terrible global pandemic. Doug Ford

"At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today's resignation is a demonstration that our government takes seriously the obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard," Ford said.

In his own statement emailed to Narcity, Phillips offered another "unreserved apology" and said he made the wrong decision by travelling over the holidays.*

Phillips will continue in his role as the MPP for Ajax.*

Two days ago, Phillips released a statement confirming he had left the country to vacation on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy — despite Ford calling for people to stop all non-essential travel.

That same day, Ford said he had told Phillips to return "immediately," though he later said he had known Phillips was out of the country for at least a couple of weeks.

The Ontario NDP had called for his resignation and even Canadian YouTubers mocked the former finance minister, who is now back in Canada and self-isolating for the mandated two weeks.

*This article has been updated.