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Wynne defends gift card giveaway
Premier says it was better to have done something that nothing
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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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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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