California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), Austin Mayor Steve Adler (D), and a growing list of other U.S. politicians have been caught breaking the rules, ignoring their own advice, and insulting millions of Americans whose livelihoods have been destroyed or disrupted. But the United States is not alone in electing leaders who have exercised their political privilege during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Finance Minister Rod Phillips
The revelation of former Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips jetting off to the Caribbean in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic produced a domino effect. Canadians are reading a long list of politicians, from federal Liberals to provincial Conservatives, who are being exposed as hypocrites. Despite pleading with the public to take COVID-19 seriously and abide by myriad public health guidelines, these very same taxpayer-funded civil servants have failed to heed their advice. Like folks south of the border, many Canadians cannot bury loved ones, open their small businesses, or have family gatherings. But it seems the rules do not apply to politicians.
Sorry Because They Got Caught
Liberal Members of Parliament Sameer Zuberi and Kamal Khera recently admitted to traveling outside the country, despite the federal government's strict travel restrictions and recommendations. As a result, Zuberi stepped down from a couple of committee roles, and Khera resigned as parliamentary secretary to the Minister...