Senator Don Plett vacationed in Mexico over the holidays despite pandemic advisory on travel


Senate Opposition Leader Don Plett spent part of the Christmas holidays in Mexico, despite government advisories against international travel.

In response to questions from CBC News, a Senate spokesperson confirmed Plett left the country.

“Senator Plett is currently in Manitoba following the 14 days quarantine guidelines after having travelled briefly to Mexico on personal travel,” the Senate spokesperson confirmed.

“Senator Plett travelled to Mexico on December 28th, upon arrival he reflected on his decision to travel and immediately made arrangements to return home on December 31st.

“This was his sole trip outside Canada since March 2020.”

Plett is one of many Canadian politicians who left the country over the Christmas holidays in the face of government advisories against travel abroad because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH: Sen. Don Plett on holiday travel

Manitoba Conservative Don Plett released a holiday greeting online in which he remarks on how Canadians’ celebrations have changed. 1:00

Plett recorded a Christmas greeting that was posted on YouTube on December 17.

“For many of us, Christmas is a time when we are used to gathering with family and friends, reconnecting and enjoying one another’s company,” said Plett in the recorded greeting.

“But this year, the pandemic has forced us to change some of those traditions, since we cannot travel and gather as we normally would.”

Plett also referred to travel restrictions in a speech he delivered in the Senate just before the holidays.

“To Sen. (Jane) Cordy, in January we would sometimes be seen on the golf course together in Florida,” Plett said. “That won’t happen this year, so we’ll have to wait until next year.”

Elizabeth Thompson can be reached at elizabeththompson@cbc.ca

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