The Saskatchewan NDP are continuing to question the decision of Highways Minister Joe Hargrave, who travelled to California over the December holiday period to sell property.
While people all over the province cancelled travel plans and missed their loved ones, it emerged on December 30th that Highways and Transportation Minister Joe Hargrave had travelled to his vacation property near Palm Springs on December 22nd.
Premier Scott Moe and the Minister Hargrave both said this was acceptable as it was an “essential business trip” to finalize the sale of the property.
Hargrave is one of 13 known politicians across the country from all levels of government who travelled internationally in recent weeks.
“Every person in Saskatchewan has had their personal or professional life affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NDP Ethics Critic Matt Love in a news release. “People have cancelled vacations and business trips, missed visiting sick and dying relatives and generally put many aspects of their life on hold. Scott Moe and his Ministers seem to think they are too important to do the same.”
Meanwhile, it has been learned that Corrections Minister Christine Tell also went to Palm Springs.
The government says Tell went to the United States from October 30th to November 9th to be with a close family member who was sick with an illness not related to COVID-19. While in the U-S, Tell followed all public health guidelines which included self-isolating for 14 days upon her return to Canada.
- UPDATE: Hargrave apologizes for California trip; gov’t says despite NDP’s wishes, he will remain in cabinet