Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced the resignation of his finance minister who took a trip to the Caribbean while the province remained under lockdown.
Minister Rod Phillips apologised and called the travel a “dumb mistake”.
Mr Ford on Thursday said Mr Phillips’ departure showed his government “takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard”.
Canada’s most populous province has discouraged all non-essential travel amid record-high new case counts.
Mr Phillips, who is a member of the Progressive Conservative Party, had taken a personal trip to St Barts on 13 December and returned on Thursday morning.
Ahead of the holiday season, Ontario health officials had urged residents to stay at home when possible amid an ongoing rise in Covid-19 cases.
(Read more at :- https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55503789 Headline photo caption: Rod Phillips)