“I shouldn’t have gone,” public health agency manager, influencer, apologizes for trip to Jamaica last fall

By Laura Carney

A senior bureaucrat at the Public Health Agency of Canada, who side hustles as a beauty, fashion, and travel influencer, is apologizing for a Jamaican vacation she took in November.

The Globe and Mail reports Dominique Baker, who is the acting manager of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s office of border and travel health, accepted an all-expenses paid holiday to Jamaica, courtesy of Air Canada Vacations, despite her agency advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel.

Baker took to Instagram to apologize for her trip.

“I’ve been reflecting on my trip to Jamaica that I took last fall, and while there were comprehensive precautions in place to keep people safe, the timing just wasn’t right and I shouldn’t have gone.”

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Baker’s apology comes days after a number of politicians admitted to travelling overseas over the Christmas holidays, as their constituents adhered to public health guidelines meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 and stayed at home.

Most recently, Dr. Tom Stewart, a physician who travelled internationally over the holidays against public health advice, is out of his job as CEO at two Ontario hospitals.

The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada tells the Globe and Mail while Baker’s Jamaican vacation didn’t involve government business, he says it was not acceptable for her to ignore the advisory on non-essential travel.



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