Ont. finance minister resigns following vacation to luxury Caribbean resort

Ont. finance minister resigns following vacation to luxury Caribbean resort 1


Ont. Finance Minister Rod Phillips has resigned after facing criticism for taking a vacation in the Caribbean amid the pandemic.

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80 Comments on "Ont. finance minister resigns following vacation to luxury Caribbean resort"

  1. He came all the way back just to resign,now he will fly back there and finish off the winter,just makes it worse.

  2. Carla Forshner | December 31, 2020 at 2:00 PM | Reply

    Is he getting a fine?

  3. we live in such an age of hypocrisy.

  4. justin labrosse | December 31, 2020 at 2:02 PM | Reply

    I cant even go to my family’s without getting fined for breaking social distancing but government officials can take vacation to Caribbean resorts? What a joke of democracy and gets to keep his benefits because he is resigning instead of actually being fired.

    • Fran Kaczmarek | December 31, 2020 at 3:03 PM | Reply

      You are 100% right!!!
      ” What a joke of democracy and gets to keep his benefits because he is resigning instead of actually being fired.”

    • resigning is the same as quitting. he won’t be able to get EI.

    • @Charlie Pryde oh nooo! 😁

    • justin labrosse | December 31, 2020 at 4:09 PM | Reply

      @Charlie Pryde no it isnt. This a government position giving your resignation doesnt essentially mean your quiting your job he is just stepping down from that position. He could still become minister of finance in the future or other positions of government.

    • You Don't Know As Much As You Think You Do | December 31, 2020 at 5:35 PM | Reply

      @Charlie Pryde EI is for the poor. He gets his retirement fund. So who cares about EI?

  5. Federal government should weed out the corrupt too……..oh wait; then we would have no government.

  6. He is sorry only because he is caught, let me make a bold guess, there is definitely more than just one person who work for ford went abroad for vacation, i hope they are all scared by now, a bunch of hypocrites.

  7. One of eight billion | December 31, 2020 at 2:06 PM | Reply

    If I had his money i would retire tomorrow.

  8. Terry Cousineau | December 31, 2020 at 2:08 PM | Reply

    he only lost his his cabinet position, he needs to lose his job.

  9. Same old song and dance ,replacing old government with new and guess what ,,same old song and dance

    • Taekwondo Time | December 31, 2020 at 4:20 PM | Reply

      Must be nice to resign from a job instead of being FIRED like we all would be.
      Also must be nice to walk into an even higher paying job elsewhere and have a pension larger than a doctor’s salary waiting for him whenever he wants to retire.

  10. So his salary will be “cut” from $165K to “only” 116K. The horror! SMH

  11. How fair is that Ford knew he was going on vacation but Rod is the only one with consequences…something wrong with this picture

  12. Remember guys the virus didn’t do this! the politicians did!!

  13. Happy New Years to everyone.
    *Have an awesome time and stay safe.*

  14. Lockdown for thee but not for me

  15. Jeannette Prost | December 31, 2020 at 2:27 PM | Reply

    They always apologize after the fact.

  16. We can’t even see our loved ones in the hospital because of the governments rules and this guy is living his best life, soaking up the sun and drinking beers………… WOW.

  17. This is such an “I’m sorry I got caught” apology. Same with Ford, only taking action when the public is made aware, despite him being aware long ago.

  18. Rod’s Statement ” I’m sorry for getting caught” End of Story.

  19. He got a “stern” warning LMAO, but had to resign cos of optics and saving Ford’s butt.

    • I agree. The only reason he resigned is to protect Premier Homer Simpson image.
      It’s all about votes.
      Only thing his image already looks like a tipped over garbage can in a field ragweed.

  20. Adriaan Boeyens | December 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM | Reply

    Axing his Government Pension would be appropriate. Then he can feel what it’s like to be “ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”.

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