Rod Phillips ‘Resigns’ After Hypocritical Caribbean Vacation Amid Ontario Lockdown

Just hours ago, he said he wanted to stay on as finance minister, despite his blatant hypocrisy and attempt to use social media to pretend he was in Canada. He was definitely fired.

Rod Phillips Caribbean vacation has turned out to be more costly than he expected.

The well-connected insider who became a lighting-rod for justified public anger over hypocritical politicians has lost his job as finance minister.

Upon his return to Canada from St. Barts, Phillips said he wanted to stay on:

“There’s very important work that still needs to be done, and I’d like to continue to be a part of that. But I do understand, people are angry, they deserve to be angry, I have to earn back their confidence.”

However, just hours later, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced in a statement that he had ‘accepted Phillips’ resignation.’

“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.”

AKA, Phillips was fired.

He will be replaced by current Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy.

“This appointment will help ensure economic stability in the months ahead, as we support Ontario families, workers and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we chart our path to long-term economic recovery,” said Ford.

Ford’s move to fire Phillips had to happen.

Allowing Phillips to remain in his role after such blatant elitism and hypocrisy would have demolished any remaining credibility the Ontario government had, credibility that has almost fully evaporated due to their decision to destroy small businesses while propping up globally-owned big box stores.

Of course, Ford knew about Phillips’ vacation two weeks ago, and said nothing at the time, so his move to fire Phillips is simply damage control.

This also shows that the justified outrage of the public, expressed mainly through social media, has an impact, and can get results. Perhaps this is why so many politicians are eager to regulate and control social media, in an attempt to silence our voices and eliminate one of the few remaining paths of accountability.

Spencer Fernando

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Ron Shaw

Didn’t Doug Ford go to his cottage after telling Ontario to hunker down ?
Doug Ford knew and covered for two weeks , is that acceptable ?
Justin Trudeau and many liberals also did not live by their own travel words
Don’t all these government leaders need a lesson in hypocrisy , fire the lot !

Ann

Finally, Premiere Ford is acting like a True Conservative. I do believe that Rod Phillips did attempt to deceive Canadians with his videos, looking like he was in Toronto. He definitely should be ashamed of himself. Ontarians are NOT Fools! We are happy to see Premiere Ford stand up for us, after implementing a Lockdown that keeps us from even seeing our families.

Elaine Finn

Too bad Doug Ford doesn’t recuse himself after all his own hypocrisy.

Carol

Now it’s time to check the other party members that took a Christmas break out of country.

Sandra

Good move Mr. FORD. now, start listening to the people of your province.

NancyW

Obviously these creatures feel they are way above the people they claim to care about, just so they can make the big bucks and now taking way too much power, while many will loose their homes and ability to feed their children, and businesses closed, then gone etc. Worse still is our democracy is long gone, there is no longer any of these people worth voting for. If the China owned Joe Biden is fraudulently put in in the USA, there will be war it seems, but the CCP=Canada Chinese Partnership will be there with the UN to shut them… Read more »

Del

I seriously doubt Trudeau is paying attention to this. Honour, accountability and ethics are of no concern to Trudeau.

Dee Hart

Rod Philips has to realize Ontario taxpayers are not just upset, we are pissed off… We have government intruding into our lives far more than we should ever allow. We have a government mandating restrictions with heavy fines for not obeying. We are being treated like children BUT then we have government officials thinking the rules do not apply to them and they piss off on vacation… This “merde” may fly with the democrats in the states but it does not fly here!

Christall Lite

Seeing our leaders like trudeau and the idiot who goes vacationing during a pandemic is shameless…. You have half our work unable to work out children are getting uneducated like how dare you….. Mr Trudeau how dare you let this keep happening