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Remius

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Who cares? As long as he does the 14 day quarantine, go for it. Maybe he's leading by example that all these lockdown rules don't make sense with the actual statistics of the last 10 months of 2 weeks to flatten the curve.
Then the gvt which he is a part of shouldn’t be preaching and not practicing what they preach. The premier railed against travellers. The minister posted a Christmas message that made it look like he was home. The optics on this are not good. Nothing illegal but just poor leadership.
 

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PuckChaser & Crantor, personally I think you are both right.
 

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Then the gvt which he is a part of shouldn’t be preaching and not practicing what they preach. The premier railed against travellers. The minister posted a Christmas message that made it look like he was home. The optics on this are not good. Nothing illegal but just poor leadership.
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
 

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Then the gvt which he is a part of shouldn’t be preaching and not practicing what they preach. The premier railed against travellers. The minister posted a Christmas message that made it look like he was home. The optics on this are not good. Nothing illegal but just poor leadership.
Patty Hajdu spent close to $73K on Challenger flights early in the pandemic to fly home a bunch of times (https://torontosun.com/news/national/hajdus-repeated-flights-home-during-pandemic-cost-73gs). It got 30 seconds in the news. The only reason this will get more air time is that the political ideology of the reporters doesn't match with the government minister doing it.

Yeah, it's poor optics, but its also the worst of "gotcha" journalism. Where's the media covering the hundreds of flights coming into Canada a week during the travel ban? Where's the media covering the lack of rapid tests approved by Health Canada or the complete ball drop on vaccine numbers that are trickling into Canada while folks can go to a Walgreens in the US and get it?
 

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Politicians leading by example



Ontario finance minister on holiday trip outside Canada as health officials urge people to stay home
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips travelled outside of the country for a personal vacation recently, his office said Tuesday.
Much like Randy Hillier constantly flouting the rules.
 

Jarnhamar

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Who cares?
People who care about elected and handsomely paid politicians being hypocrites; his boss is calling for people to stay home as we move into another lock down.
People who are impacted by Covid19 either financially or personally, in part because of people traveling.
Also the premier apparently.

In the mantra of the LPC, it's not illegal. It's still bad leadership. And add to that this guy posted a misleading tweet on his account along with a previously taken photo giving the appearance he was in Canada.
 

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Poor guy. I did a quick scan of Air Canada, and apparently they only fly in and out of Guadeloupe (nearest airport that can take jets) on Sunday, so he's stuck on the beach for a few more days.
 

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And his boss has spoken. Not pleased.

 

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Of course, the question now is where Doug Ford spent the holidays, and whether he was mixing households...

Every one of his cabinet ministers is now going to be under scrutiny - and every MP who has been diligently trying to support government messaging is now going to need assuaging and support. (Having one of your senior comms people not realizing that their tweet was tagged as being from Saskatchewan just adds fuel to the fire ).
 

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... Maybe he's leading by example that all these lockdown rules don't make sense with the actual statistics of the last 10 months of 2 weeks to flatten the curve.
That may be true, but under the Westminster system, he should also know about what happens when cabinet ministers don't agree with the boss. If some read his current actions as hypocritical (or, at the very least, bad optics), how should they read not resigning if he truly feels this way & out of line with the government's message/approach? #HeServesAtThePleasure
 

Jarnhamar

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I don't think you get to a minister position by being stupid. You get there by balancing probabilities and understanding what you can get away with. Either the premier is lying and gave his blessing for the minister to go on vacation, or the minister did it behind his back knowing full well how it would be received and banked on what's becoming a standard canned apology, admit a mistake and promise to do better.
 

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Navigator's busy today, what with getting Conrad, Jon and Rex to write their "SO What?" columns for the National Post (fortuitously, Mr Phillips used to be a bigwig there. Betting the the major Canadian newspapers under Postmedia will not take this one very far.)
 

The Bread Guy

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... Either the premier is lying and gave his blessing for the minister to go on vacation, or the minister did it behind his back knowing full well how it would be received and banked on what's becoming a standard canned apology, admit a mistake and promise to do better.
On a pragmatic level, either are possible, for sure. Still, neither option leaves us with a ton of room for respecting politicians for doing the right thing, though. Yeah, I know ... #DareToDream
 

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Another politician who "regrets" his actions.


Quebec Liberal vacationing down south despite repeated warnings to stay home​

Lovely. I don’t care what party they are from. These guys deserve to be raked over the coals by their leaders. I hope they do.
 

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Lovely. I don’t care what party they are from. These guys deserve to be raked over the coals by their leaders. I hope they do.
I guess some people really do feel that the rules don't apply to them after a certain point of climbing the greasy pole ... :cry:
 

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He know OF the trip, after he took off. I think the headline is misleading, I'd be upset if he knew pre-trip he was leaving.
 

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