Andrew Scheer has indicated that it is “ridiculous” to be asked by journalists about the incident where he was photographed at the Toronto Pearson Airport violating a mandatory face mask policy. Scheer said, “it’s hard to believe this is actually your question and your followup when we are dealing with a prime minister that is under an investigation for an ethics violation for the third time.” This was while he was responding to a reporter’s question in Ottawa on Wednesday,
An investigation into the prime minister’s role in securing a contract with WE Charity over the delivery of the Liberal’s student grant program was recently launched by the federal ethics commissioner. Trudeau and his wife have spoken at a variety of WE events and have close family ties to the organization. Trudeau was previously investigated for accepting a free trip to a private island owned by the Aga Khan and for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The same day when the Finance Minister Bill Morneau was presenting a much-anticipated fiscal “snapshot,” Scheer pointed to the Liberal government’s ballooning deficit. Scheer said on Wednesday, “You want to know how long I had my mask off yesterday after making a phone call? Come on that is ridiculous.” Scheer’s spokesperson Kelsie Chiasson stated that Mr. Scheer wore a face mask while traveling to Ottawa that day. Kelsie confirmed that Scheer removed the mask to make a phone call.
The airport’s website reported that the rule has been in place since June 1. Scheer stated that he thinks the picture is pretty self-explanatory, and his answer was pretty self-explanatory as well. He concluded that he thought it is a wasted opportunity that day when people were talking about an economic snapshot that’s going to tell Canadians how the next few months and years are going to rollout. However, the man who was also pictured in the photograph not wearing a mask, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, made an apology saying it was an “error” and “will not be repeated.