Senator cuts short Mexican vacation as anger against political elite grows back home

Senator Don Plett cuts short Mexican vacation, returns to Manitoba amid public outrage over politicians' "essential" travel while regular Canadians hunker down to prevent spread of COVID-19 and its economic destruction.

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Conservative leader in the Senate took a personal trip to Mexico shortly after Christmas.

A spokesperson for Sen. Don Plett says the senator travelled to Mexico on Dec. 28.

Upon his arrival, the spokesperson says, Plett "reflected on his decision to travel" and immediately made arrangements to return home to Manitoba.

He returned on Dec. 31 and is quarantining for 14 days as required by Manitoba public health protocols.

The spokesperson says this was Plett's only trip outside the country since last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first swept across Canada.

Plett is the latest in a number of federal and provincial politicians to get into hot water for travelling outside the country at a time when ordinary Canadians are being advised to stay home and avoid any non-essential travel in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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