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Tory claims of postal code politics 'BS': Chairelli
The province's energy minister defends the way Ontario handled ice storm response.
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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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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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