Tory claims of postal code politics 'BS': Chairelli

The province's energy minister defends the way Ontario handled ice storm response.

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the Tories claims of "postal code politics" is "B.S.".

Chiarelli tells Newstalk 1010 the relief effort wasn't only focused on Toronto but rather province-wide.

On communications with opposition members, he says both his ministry and the Ministry of Community Safety reached out to opposition critics to give information and set up briefings for affected MPPs.

He says PC energy critic Lisa MacLeod never responded to his emails. She maintains she only received press releases.

The Tory was critical of the province's roll-out of the gift card program, put in place to help people whose food spoiled because they lost power. It was only available to Toronto residents last week.

In a written statement, the premier's office says "While not perfect, it was important to make help available to those in need as soon as possible." A spokesperson says more regions will be added to the gift card distribution list, including  Durham, Halton, Peel, York and Waterloo regions.

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  1. Frankie posted on 01/06/2014 03:28 PM
    For a Liberal gov't that has lied its way through office for over 10 years it's pretty funny that Chiarelli refers to BS.
  2. SG posted on 01/06/2014 05:34 PM
    Despite seeming to get away with all their scandals involving billions of wasted tax dollars this Liberal party may just well meet its just rewards (total defeat at the next election) because it messed up big time with a (relatively) few $100 gift cards. Perfect!
    1. Sam posted on 01/06/2014 05:44 PM
      @SG Keep dreaming!

      You must be a desperate PC supporter to actually believe in that.

      Or you must be a dumb-dumb Sun reader who will drink the kool-aid given to them.

      I don't see ANY conservative doing anyhting else but complain that the destitute should go without food - JUST LIKE SCROOGE!!!
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 01/07/2014 10:37 AM
    Bob Chairelli is BS- and anything that comes out of that man's mouth is BS.
    Him and his government absolutely do not respect the voters who put them where they are. They belittle and degrade the people of Ontario, and they expect to be rewarded for it. (Increase in cost of energy which amounts to a cup of coffee- even though employees are highly benefiting off the fatted-calf)
    I didn't think it was possible, but my already low expectations of the Liberals have somehow sunk even further.
  4. john posted on 01/07/2014 11:02 AM
    i dont care what ket loose says i whant a election .

    we need to get rid of the useless scum bags . before it is to late .
  5. Dale posted on 01/07/2014 11:01 PM
    Not a Liberal supporter but I get sick and tired of the Conservatives trying to make everything negative. They tried to help people who needed it. Why did not the Conservative get out there and help people as opposed to sitting back trying to score political points. As a Conservative I am getting sick of the whole bunch of them.
    1. Sam posted on 01/08/2014 12:01 AM
      @Dale Finally great to see a Conservative who can see clearly.

      I was going to vote for Hudak in 2011 but he decided to adopt McGuinty's policies.

      I voted for Harris in '98 (my first eligible election) and I am still proud of it! So I plan to vote Liberal until Timmy is gone!
    2. SG posted on 01/08/2014 10:45 AM
      @Dale You're not familiar with our parliamentary system? It's the Opposition's job to oppose. All parties in opposition do it. That's our political game. In this case the Conservatives don't control the purse strings so they don't have the ability to throw tax money out there to buy votes the way the Liberals have done. Make no mistake. Those gift cards are to buy votes, not to help the needy.

      Are you John Tory in disguise, by chance? He's all for everybody pulling together regardless of political stripe for the common good. I can almost hear John Lennon singing Imagine as I type that. Unfortunately that's just a nice fantasy. Ain't gonna happen. Politics is an ugly business.
  6. Mark posted on 01/08/2014 07:12 AM
    Is there ONE file that the idiot liberals have managed properly. Is there at least one liberal minister who does not act like a condescending ass every time he or she speaks. The answer is NO.

    All the idiot liberals have done is waste our money and lower our standard of living. BUT, the good news for them is that they have solidified support from all the piggy teachers and their hog faced union thugs by paying these bullies piles of our cash in turn for support at the polls.

    Funny how this "education government" has not improved the education for our kids and the pig union force poor teachers on us yet these pig teachers are the second highest paid teachers in the world today.
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