Patty Hajdu responds to Twitter photo, says she only removes mask to eat, drink – National

Patty Hajdu responds to Twitter photo, says she only removes mask to eat, drink - National

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says she took off a face mask at the airport only to eat or drink, following a Twitter post showing her without a face covering at Pearson airport in Toronto.

The photo of Hajdu without a mask was posted Sunday evening by a self-described aide to Alberta’s advanced-education minister.

It shows Hajdu seated in a chair by herself with a piece of rolling luggage next to her, either speaking or smiling.

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Hajdu replied by saying that following public health rules is important to her and she removes her mask only when those rules allow it, such as to eat or drink.

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There’s no food or drink apparent in the image, though there is an open paper bag just visible on Hajdu’s side, away from the camera. A spokesperson for the minister’s office said there was food in the bag, which she was having.

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In July, then-Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister were photographed talking in a departure area at Pearson airport without masks, for which Pallister apologized.

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