All rhetorical questions leading to one surmise - the answer is likely that Doug knew the day of his leaving, if not before. It took a long, long time for the American MSM press to call Trumps fibs lying. Any bets that the Ontario media will be so tardy ?I find the timing of all this quite 'interesting'. Mr Phillips left the country as soon as the legislature rose.
BUT, the legislature, rather suddenly, rose 2 or 3 days early. Was he planning to leave before it rose (thus missing the usual flurry of votes) or did he move his plans forward (or make plans)?
Did Ford and Phillips not chat in the last 2+ weeks and not discuss the weather, plans etc etc. In short, when did Doug find out his Minister of Finance was not in his office?