WATCH: Opposition parties cry foul at province's ice storm response

Tories say Liberal government played "postal politics"

The province's Tories want the government to investigate its emergency response measures after they claim the Liberals kept opposition MPPs out of the loop after the holiday ice storm.
Progressive Conservative Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod suggests the Wynne government played 'postal politics,' favouring Liberal ridings mainly in the Toronto area.

MacLeod points to what she calls the grocery gift-card "debacle," which say $100 cards being handed out to residents in the Toronto area. She points out residents in Tory ridings in other parts of Southern Ontario lost power for days as well.

NDP Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo says she was not contacted about emergency response post-storm. She says the government should not only have reached out to all MPPs, but other local community organizations which were part of the relief effort.

However, the premier's office says the government provided opposition parties regular updates about emergency response and claims MacLeod didn't respond to emails about the situation.

Both the Tories and NDP are critical of the gift card program, with both opposition parties underlining corporate donations and taxpayer money put towards the cards should have been given to food banks. That way those who were most in need could have benefited from it.

MacLeod says this system was flawed because there was no way for the province to see if those receiving the gift cards to re-stock their fridges actually needed the financial help.

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  Dufferin, Durham, Halton, Peel, York and Waterloo regions. Cards will also be given out in Hamilton, Northumberland County and Wellington County.

$450,000 more in gift hards will be given out in most of these regions starting Tuesday. Northumberland's cards will be made available on Wednesday and Durham's on Thursday.

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  1. Joao posted on 01/06/2014 12:52 PM
    good lord! arm chair quarterbacks! why don't politicians of all stripes stop playing politics at peoples expense. It's disgusting really!
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 01:36 PM
    With a provincial election coming up, the Conservatives had better capitalize on this one. Because it simply cannot get any more easier than this.
    We can all sort out Hudak's personality flaws later. Just do the most important thing, and get these I mean Libs out. The Liberals just handed you Hudak 200 lbs of TNT. Now its time for you to light the fuse, and watch the magic.
  3. Frankie posted on 01/06/2014 02:41 PM
    Wynne should have kept the gift cards and instead reimbursed taxpayers for the $ 1 Billion they "stole".

    To borrow a phrase from P.T. Barnum, there's a sucker(Ontario Liberal) born every minute
  4. Mark7 posted on 01/06/2014 03:11 PM
    Typical Fiberal bs. I cannot fathom why they get even a single vote in elections.
  5. Ernie posted on 01/06/2014 05:26 PM
    Liberals buying votes...yet again !

    This one is clearly on Wynne
  6. john posted on 01/07/2014 12:53 PM
    or course thay f%^$%$%^ed it up that what the liberals are good for . liberals mess things up and con come in an clean it up .
  7. john posted on 01/07/2014 01:00 PM
    Dianne Crook yet another fine ad of the great website

    speaking of full of shit . she is full of it big time .
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