Alleged COVID-19 vaccine queue jumper Rodney Baker faces top fine of $500 after earning $22.6 million over five years

The recently departed president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corp. hit the jackpot with his compensation package

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      Questions are being asked over social media about the potential punishment that could be meted out to an alleged COVID-19 vaccine queue jumper.

      Today, Rodney Baker resigned as president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming Corp.

      Over the past five years, Baker collected $22.6 million in compensation with the gaming company.

      Great Canadian Gaming's compensation chart shows Rodney Baker's annual income over five years.

      This came after he was identified as one of the two Vancouver residents who travelled to the Yukon to get the vaccine in violation of public-health recommendations.

      Baker and his girlfriend, actor Ekaterina Baker, allegedly flew to Beaver Creek to receive the Moderna vaccine.

      They each face a maximum fine of $500 for each charge and up to six months in jail if they're convicted of failure to self-isolate and failure to follow a declaration, according to CBC News.

      If convicted on both counts, they each would pay top fines of $500 twice.

      Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth lashed out at the couple, declaring this as "a Marie Antoinette let-them-eat-cake moment", according to News 1130 reporter Marcella Bernardo.

      When B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was asked at today's B.C. COVID-19 briefing about what she thinks of this incident, she condemned the actions of the couple.

      “I think they should be ashamed of themselves,” Henry said. “They put a community at risk for their own benefit and that, to me, is appalling.”

      While she said that she is “very saddened and disappointed” that people would do such a thing, she said she is also “heartened to know that the vast majority of people in Canada and in B.C. do not think that way and know that the approach that we have to protect those who are most vulnerable is one that they support.”

      The Bakers only obtained one dose and would have to receive a second dose for complete immunization. 

      With files from Craig Takeuchi.

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