WATCH: Opposition points to lack of leadership in ice storm response

Tories claim premier acted more like the Mayor of Toronto with photo-ops

Forget Rob Ford, Ontario's Tories say Kathleen Wynne acted more like the mayor of Toronto than the premier in the days after the massive ice storm which crippled parts of the region.

Hundreds of thousands of people were without power.

PC energy critic Lisa MacLeod points to Wynne giving out baskets of food and grocery store gift cards to effected Toronto residents. She is also critical of the premier dealing with Toronto's Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly instead of Ford in the aftermath of the storm.

NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns says the province should have been better prepared, both in planning and having infrastructure which could withstand extreme weather like that.

The Premier has defended her actions, noting the province needed to do something to help residents.

The grocery gift cards were handed out to residents in Toronto last week. Other parts of the GTA are giving them out this week.

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  1. cmats posted on 01/07/2014 05:42 PM
    its easy to criticize and no plan/response is perfect but i didn;t hear what either party would do. well what would you have done???
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/08/2014 12:23 PM
      @cmats What they should have done is nothing. And let whatever organizations out there (i.e. Salvation Army, Daily Bread Food Bank et other charities handle it). If the Liberal government felt the need to do anything- then a gentle "prodding" was all that would be needed.
      What they did is a political ploy, and it backfired- badly.

      When was this during the 2003 blackout? There was no one handing out gift cards then- and that situation was FAR more extensive.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 01/08/2014 11:05 AM
    First off, the grammar nazi in me has to say "affected", not "effected".

    Now, with that out of the way.. I'm actually not going to dump all over the premier for what she did, or didn't do.. but even just looking at the optics of this.. To me, the average tax payer in Ontario, this looks like she's taking care of her voting base.. the 416. The rest of Ontario doesn't matter, at least until the opposition parties raised a ruckus about the rest of Ontario not receiving any love from the premier.

    Now, whether that is true or not, I cannot say. But the optics are there.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/08/2014 12:37 PM
      @Angry Bill Ask yourself this BILL- if the opposition didn't make a fuss about it, would she have pandered to the rest of the province? I'm betting my bottom dollar that he wouldn't have.

      Yes the optics are there, that it looks like a horrendous nightmare. But the so-called gift-card program also walks and talks like a horrendous nightmare. And unfortunately its a testament to their severe lack of management skills- and this is on a small scale.

      The government sticking their big toe in this program should never have happened to begin with. Let the private sector figure it out with the charities to handle it. If the Liberal government felt the burning need to intervene, and offer their support, it would have been better to wait a month-to-6 weeks to figure out how properly apply whatever program they had formulating in the ether. But rushing in the way they did spelled disaster from the get-go. And the reason why they rushed in before tying their laces, because the entire situation screamed of opportunity.
      And I also criticize her for deferring to Norm Kelly instead of Ford during the ice-storm. You had two "mayors" with incomplete powers, thus relying on each other to make a whole. But a Premiere only meeting with one half, because she wants to respect who council views as the leader. Thus the optics looked like Toronto had a three-headed monster running the show.

      This ice-storm and the aftermath showed the true colors of the this Liberal party. Now it will be interesting to see if an election will still come forth despite this latest debacle. And if it does, how the spin-mysters in the Liberal stronghold are going to spin this one.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 01/08/2014 01:17 PM
      @Karl Burgin I think the liberals will do just fine... I mean, the liberal party when they first got elected 10 years ago proceeded to break just about every campaign promise they made.. and then started piling on the scandals, Caledonia not the least of it. AND THEY STILL GOT VOTED BACK IN. For that reason alone, I am convinced liberal voters have some chemical imbalance in their brain that makes them vote liberal. And why I am afraid the liberals will get back in. Because you can't fix stupid.

      Regarding the gift card program, the weaknesses inherent in that have already been pointed out.. there weren't enough, and there was no process in place to ensure that only those who needed them got them. Someone from the Bridal Path could show up, get one, and say "thanks for the 100 bucks worth of free groceries, suckers".

      Wynne's defense was "it's better to do something, instead of nothing at all". Well. Yeah, I guess. You can look at it that way. A better way would have been to apply it across the board, and give every Ontarian a $100 tax credit at the end of the year. But, like you alluded to, I guess the optics involved in physically handing out food to the needy was too tempting.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 01/08/2014 01:30 PM
      @Angry Bill Yep you're right.
      As to my point that this should be fresh enough to be in the minds of the voters when it's election time- that is the only faint hope I can grasp at, in the sense that it would affect a Liberal victory. However, my cynical side of me says different.

      But put the Ontario $100 tax credit idea away. Because I'm sure someone is going to find that here, and it will somehow find it's way to being pitched at Queens
  3. john posted on 01/08/2014 11:51 AM
    it was a stupid setup form the get go . gos to show u how useless the liberals are when it comes to management . id rather have ford run the show instead of a un elected premiere .
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