Ontario's Finance Minister steps down after island vacation during lockdown

Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips has resigned as Ontario’s Finance Minister.

The 55 yr old member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Ajax has made the decision after taking an island vacation during the provincial lockdown. 

Phillips arrived home today and issued his resignation this afternoon.

Peter Bethlenfalvy has been shuffled into the role of Finance Minister.

Premier Doug Ford has released a statement, saying he accepted Phillips' resignation today:

“Today, following my conversation with Rod Phillips, I have accepted his resignation as Ontario's Minister of Finance. 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. In addition to his current role as President of the Treasury Board, I have asked Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy to assume the role of Minister of Finance and deliver the government's 2021 Budget."

Phillips spoke to reporters at Pearson Airport this morning upon his arrival, calling his choice to vacation in St. Barts a "dumb, dumb mistake".