Ontario cabinet minister Rod Phillips to resign, not run in next election

Ontario cabinet minister Rod Phillips to resign, not run in next election

Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care, Rod Phillips, is stepping down and leaving politics, even as a massive wave of COVID-19 outbreaks again threatens vulnerable residents of the province’s nursing homes, where nearly 4,000 have died with the virus. The sudden departure, announced on the social-media platform Twitter late Friday afternoon, comes just over a year after the 56-year-old Mr. Phillips – once a contender for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership – was forced to step down as finance minister after he defied pandemic guidelines and vacationed on the Caribbean island of St. Barts. He was brought back into cabinet in June and spearheaded new legislation meant to improve long-term care homes, which have been ravaged by COVID-19, and where some residents faced appalling conditions and neglect. On Friday, with …
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