A series of Canadian politicians ‘pay dearly’ when going abroad

A series of Canadian politicians 'pay dearly' when going abroad

On January 4, a series of Canadian politicians were forced to resign or be demoted after traveling abroad over the Christmas holidays, despite the government’s call to limit non-essential travel. in the context of the country’s efforts to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

A series of Canadian politicians ‘pay dearly’ when going abroad

In a statement, the office of Erin O’Toole – leader of the opposition Conservative Party – said the party’s MP David Sweet had resigned as chairman of the House Ethics Committee after being discovered to have traveled to the US. to deal with “property-related matters”, but actually stay at the resort.

In the western province of Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of the head of the urban affairs agency Tracy Allard because of tourism in Hawaii (USA). Mr. Kenney also demanded that his chief of staff, Jamie Huckabay, resign because he was traveling to the UK for the holidays. Premier Kenney stressed that travel abroad shows these individuals have demonstrated “extremely shallow” awareness and that locals expect these people to suffer the consequences they deserve.

Five other Conservative MPs in the Alberta parliament were also demoted for traveling abroad over the year-end holiday, in violation of federal and provincial travel warnings.

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said he had accepted the resignation of the head of the Highway Administration Joe Hargrave after he arrived in California (USA). Last week, the head of Ontario’s finance agency, Rod Phillips, also had to resign after an angry public reaction to his Caribbean vacation last December, an act that went against with the province of Ontario advising people to avoid non-essential travel.

As of January 3, Canada has recorded an additional 6,578 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of SARS-Cov-2 virus infections in the country to 601,663 cases, including 15,865 deaths. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family spent Christmas at home, according to a government official, with no members of the cabinet traveling during the holiday.

On the same day, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on members of the National Assembly to adhere to social distancing and other epidemic prevention measures after many MPs in both parties publicly objected. instructions to comply with this principle.

According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Washington, at a vote on January 3, instead of limiting the appearance at the same time in the House of Representatives, hundreds of members of this legislative body gathered in groups, violating the laws of the House of Representatives. regulations on ensuring health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some members of the House did not wear masks that cover their nose and mouth properly when around colleagues. In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi called for “respect for appropriate health and safety guidelines in Congress.”

The leaders of the House of Representatives planned to limit the number of members on the start of the new parliament. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Pelosi has had to repeatedly remind members of the health guidelines developed to keep members and staff of the House safe.

Ms. Pelosi made the above call in the context of continuously adding more US congressmen with COVID-19. Most recently, also on January 4, Texas Republican Representative Kay Granger, a leading member of the Approval Committee, announced that she had tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 virus after arriving. Washington to begin a new session of congress. Notably, before knowing the positive test result, Ms. Granger participated in the votes in the House of Representatives on January 3, including the election of the Speaker of the House.

Previously, two other Republican members of the House of Representatives also tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in recent days, including Florida Representative-elect Maria Salazar and State Representative Maria Salazar. California David Valadao. Wisconsin Congressman Gwen Moore last week also announced COVID-19 infection. Since March 2020, at least 49 members of Congress or legislators have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which Louisiana’s newly elected Republican Representative Luke Letlow has tested positive for the virus. died at the age of 41 from COVID-19, just days before he was due to take office.

House Democrats implemented a proxy vote in May 2020 to allow lawmakers to authorize a colleague to vote on their behalf if they are sick or quarantined. But those rule changes expired at the end of the previous session of parliament and will not be renewed until the House passes a package of new rules at the next session. Most Republicans, including Representative Kay Granger, did not exercise the proxy vote amid the growing pandemic. Congressmen are advised to be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus upon arrival in Washington, but can still travel normally while awaiting results if they have no symptoms or exposure.

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