Ontario's Finance Minister Rod Phillips has confessed to travelling outside of Canada this month and defended his action by claiming ignorance of the December 26 province-wide shutdown.
According to Lucas Meyer of Newstalk1010, Phillips' office said that the trip was “previously planned” and took place some time after the close of legislature.
“Had I been aware then of the eventual December 26th shutdown, we would have cancelled.”
Phillips, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Ajax, stated in March of this year that COVID-19 is “an extraordinary threat to the health and economy of Ontario... the greatest we've faced in my lifetime.”
Minister Phillips' office is “not providing” further details on the trip.