Despite Coronavirus guidance, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips went abroad on a ‘personal trip’

It seems that America is not the only country with politicians where they preach during the epidemic.

On Tuesday in Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered his finance minister, Rod Phillips, to return to the country “immediately” after leaving for Canada earlier this month for leave.

Rod Phillips, finance minister, answers questions during a daily press conference in Toronto.
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Phillips and his wife left Canada on December 13 and are still overseas, according to their spokesperson Emily Hogeven. His location was not revealed.

Ford said Phillips’ decision to travel is “totally unacceptable” – noting that Ontario’s government last month issued guidelines urging its residents to stay indoors to curb the spread Could.

“I have told the minister that his decision to travel is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated again,” Ford said in a statement.

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Philips’ official Twitter profiles are filled with tweets depicting the severity of the epidemic. In a Christmas Eve tweet, Phillips paid tribute to frontline activists who sacrificed during the holiday season.

A Phillips spokesperson told the Toronto Star that several photos of Phillips were taken by public small businesses and fundraisers before her personal visit and tweeted while she is still abroad.

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As of Tuesday, Ontario has reported more than 2,500 COVID-19 cases, with some 40 deaths.

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