Caught With His Beach Trunks On, Ford’s Finance Minister Quits

Rod Phillips’ Resignation Comes Two Weeks After Ontario Premier Knew About His Caribbean Vacation

A Little Breaking News on Niagara At Large

Posted December 31st, 2020
From Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

After a sneaky vacation to the Caribbean Islands, Ontario’s Finance Minister Rod Phillips walks the plank.

I was not planning on posting anything else before the clock strikes 12 this New Year, but this is hard to hold back on ….. and I will keep it short.

This afternoon of Thursday, December 31st, 2020, CBC reported that Rod Phillips, the Ontario Ford Government’s all-so-irresponsible and arrogant Finance Minister, resigned after returning from a Holiday Season vacation in the Caribbean – this after Ford and other senior officials in the Ontario government urged the rest of us to stay home during this COVID-19-driven provinc-wide lockdown.

The first few paragraphs in a CBC news report on this go like this –

“Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips has resigned after returning from a controversial Caribbean vacation while the province is under strict lockdown measures that discourage non-essential travel, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

Earlier Thursday morning, upon arrival at Toronto Pearson Airport, Phillips said he would like to keep his job but would respect Ford’s decision following what the premier said would be a “very tough conversation” between the two.
“Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his resignation as Ontario’s minister of finance,” Ford said in a statement.
“At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today’s resignation is a demonstration that our government takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” 
Ford said he has asked Peter Bethlenfalvy to assume the role of minister of finance and deliver the government’s 2021 budget.”

Further to this CBC report, Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath, who had already called for Phillips’ resignation, issued the following statement –

HAMILTON, Ontyario  — Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to Rod Phillips’ resignation as Finance Minister, a full two weeks after Doug Ford became aware of Phillips’ vacation:

Ontario NDP MPP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath want’s Ford Longterm-Care Home Minister’s head.

“Doug Ford knew about Rod Phillips’ trip to St. Barts two weeks ago. Not only did Ford not fire him then, he helped him keep the trip a secret. Phillips’ resignation from cabinet today is not because of Phillips’ vacation, it’s because they got caught.”
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips has resigned after returning from a controversial Caribbean vacation while the province is under strict lockdown measures that discourage non-essential travel, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.
Earlier Thursday morning, upon arrival at Toronto Pearson Airport, Phillips said he would like to keep his job but would respect Ford’s decision following what the premier said would be a “very tough conversation” between the two.
“Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his resignation as Ontario’s minister of finance,” Ford said in a statement.
“At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today’s resignation is a demonstration that our government takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” 
Ford said he has asked Peter Bethlenfalvy to assume the role of minister of finance and deliver the government’s 2021 budget.
To read one of the latest CBC reports on this, click on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-rod-phillips-st-barts-vacation-1.5858285 .

To read another recent post on Niagara At Large on this issue, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/12/30/if-you-are-a-doug-ford-cabinet-minister-to-hell-with-covid-health-warnings/https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/12/30/if-you-are-a-doug-ford-cabinet-minister-to-hell-with-covid-health-warnings/

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One response to “Caught With His Beach Trunks On, Ford’s Finance Minister Quits

  1. Now all we need is for Ford to quit and stay at home.

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