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Wynne defends gift card giveaway

Premier says it was better to have done something that nothing

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending the program that saw $835, 000 worth of gift cards handed out to those that lost food during the ice storm.

There were long lines at Ontario Works offices over the past three days and the provincial government has been criticized after demand for the cards was not met.

But Wynne told Seamus O' Regan and Adrienne Batraon Newstalk 1010's the Live Drive Friday that despite criticism, she's glad the government took action.

"It was better to have done something," said Wynne. "(There were) 8500 people plus who were supported. I think that's better than to have done nothing."

To receive a gift card, individuals and families needed to provide proof they lived in an area impacted by the storm. Wynne believes that the majority of people that received gift cards were those that truly needed them.

The province said it had originally hoped to hand out $200,000 worth of gift cards.

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  1. Thomas posted on 01/03/2014 06:29 PM
    I was unimpressed with Ms. Batra's interview and her unprofessional ranting on gift card issue. As a matter of fact, it wasn't even clear what her issue on this was. Was it about the government's inexperience in dealing with the matter? Was it the frustration on many people not getting the cards? Were there too many cards given out or not enough? Was it deemed by her that this was a political pan-handling? The bottom line is that there was an intention to help and many did get the help. There are certainly many who shouldn't get the cards but did. But instead of criticizing those who took advantage of the situation, Ms. Batra took political blows to those who actually try to help (for whatever political motives). I do agree with the premier, that it is better do something to help than doing nothing. It is indeed an honor system which relies on people's honor. As a member of a radio station that champions social values, Mr. Batra should have more to say about those dishonorable behavior, instead of taking advantage of the public's frustration to score political points.
  2. Marlene Claessens posted on 01/03/2014 06:45 PM
    I'm somewhat disappointed about people with balcony's..did they not think about putting their food covered out on the balcony..I put my food outside and didn't lose
    a item.People wake up the Gov't can't be feeding you on a silver spoon...You are the
    Gov't...This is one disaster and more to come so be prepared....
    1. john posted on 01/04/2014 10:35 AM
      @Marlene Claessens sad thing is people these days lack commonsense .
  3. DW posted on 01/03/2014 06:49 PM
    The big lineup in the Scarborough office was testimony to Ford Nation .............. people looking for something for nothing.......................................just like our Mayor grubbing to the province and feds to build his Scarborough subway from no-where to no-where....................just like our Mayor begging the province to pay for his broken down trees and antiquated electrical system ................. the same Mayor who then turns around and cuts the car tax and real estate transfer tax .................. Leader of Ford, wanting something for nothing..................................just like all the trust fund kids!!!
    1. dante posted on 01/03/2014 11:27 PM
      @DW you're just a ranting idiot, nothing more.Pi$$ on you and your leader Whynn!
    2. john posted on 01/04/2014 10:38 AM
      @dante thats why DW has a brown nose .
    3. RandyW posted on 01/04/2014 10:39 AM
      @DW Man I don't know what planet your from DW, but letting tax payers keep their own money instead of it being forced from them by government is a GOOD thing. All I can say is that you must work in the public sector and therefore you don't pay taxes, at least not like the we do. That would be the only reason for you to say we need to be paying more tax. If by chance you are not in the public sector or on wellfare, there is nothing stopping you from opening up your wallet and giving till it hurts to the Food bank, or the red cross ect; ect; ... But NO you don't want that. You want the rest of us to pay more, more, more!!!!!!! We don't need more social programs we need less! Start making people accountable or their action! And I will be the first one that needs to be accountable is the LIEberal government!
  4. Frankie posted on 01/03/2014 07:09 PM
    It's the taxpayers of Ontario whose money was handed out to those in need, not Wynne's money that she's trying to take credit for.

    The same taxpayers that these same Liberals "stole" over $ 1 Billion from, the same taxpayers that these Liberals have squandered Billions with the greatest incompetence in recent political history in this province.

    With every statement she makes about giving out gift cards there should be a similar statement about the billions these Liberals have wasted and "stolen" of our money.

    I'm sure the dumbass Ontario Liberal voters will keep voting them in however.
  5. Son of Scrimbro posted on 01/03/2014 07:37 PM
    My beer froze in the storm. Kathy Wynne was going to arrange some free beer coupons but things fell through when it came time to go and get the coupons from where they make the beer. Yes, it turns out Wynne couldn't organize a pick-up in a brewery.
  6. Jason Regher posted on 01/03/2014 07:56 PM
    I can't believe people are actually naive enough to think that Ms. Wynne wanted to help the people who lost food and who would have difficulty replacing it. She and her Liberal colleagues only act out of self interest. "How do I buy votes?" is their guiding principle. Everything she did was orchestrated like the photo op of her carrying food baskets to the "needy". *groan*

    No wonder the Liberals keep winning in Ontario. The people are so anxious to buy their snake oil.
    1. RandyW posted on 01/04/2014 10:55 AM
      @Jason Regher I've read you comment and could not agree more! Take this moment and sign up at Tax Payers Union of Ontario on facebook. This site will be used as a venting area and an educational site for the taxpayers to gather and fight back. We the taxpayers hold all the power in this province, because without us there is no public sector or government.nWe need to stnd strong and united in a just cause. Otherwise the government will continue to tax and spend and never be held accountable. Not just the Liberals but all parties work for us the tax payers. Stand up and say no more!!!!!!!!
  7. dante posted on 01/03/2014 11:26 PM
    Would love to pi$$ on her crooked yellow teeth and stupid smile face!
  8. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/04/2014 04:56 AM
    We lost power for 6 days. Some of my neighbours put their food out on their balconies, garages, sheds, porches etc. Next time, I believe people should be prepared to preserve their food! May be the Nanny State Libranos can direct their followers to do so!

    Do I believe there were legimate people who lost food and needed it, Yes I do! No good deed goes unpunished! Thankfully, most of the gift cards were donated. Shame on you fraudulent a-holes who defrauded the kind donors.

    Once again in their rush to appear to be doing something, the Liberals overlooked some obvious ways to distribute these cards! There are organizations who deal with the needy such as food banks, the Red Cross and church organizations. These folks know the people they help and could have distributed to those truly in need. If you were going to distribute food through government offices, it should be easy to verify that someone is on social assistance, ei, or elderly or poor with a few simple checks.
  9. john posted on 01/04/2014 10:50 AM
    mike bollard said thay should have read the list of all the people who lost power and send the cards thought the mail . to me thats sounds like a better ideal then getting something form a non elected premiere of this province . if she hand me a box of food i will get it checked for contamination .
    1. Liz posted on 01/06/2014 10:30 PM
      @john Your statement shows common sense not something that the Liberal Ontario Party has shown in any program they have implemented. No question this was another gift program just before a possible upcoming election. She is making a liar out of herself that there was cheques & balances as again just showing where you resided is a joke and an insult to our taxpayers dollars AGAIN. .
  10. Frankie posted on 01/04/2014 11:56 AM
    Imagine if this were during an election. The Liberals would have given out tens of millions of dollars in gift cards in the ridings they felt were vulnerable.
  11. Liz posted on 01/06/2014 10:21 PM
    Gosh, as long at it is coming out of the Ontario Taxpayers coffers and she is unaccountable for her actions she will give away anything. So tired of these antics, as she should be able to prove that those in need got the cards and my bet is they did not.
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