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Ontario Finance Minister Resigns Over Caribbean Vacation Outrage

  • Rod Phillips had traveled to Saint Barthelemy for holidays
  • Public health officials warned against non-essential travel
Rod Phillips is a neophyte politician and has been Ontario’s finance minister for just 18 months.

Rod Phillips is a neophyte politician and has been Ontario’s finance minister for just 18 months.

Photographer: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips stepped down from the position amid public outrage that he was vacationing in the Caribbean over the holidays, despite travel restrictions.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the resignation in an emailed statement, calling it “a demonstration that our government takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy will replace Phillips as minister of finance to oversee the province’s C$900 billion ($705 billion) economy.