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McGuinty responded only after public pressure: Mantha

Friday, November 09, 2012   by: Staff



Elliot Lake documents show lack of leadership: Mantha

ELLIOT LAKE – Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha says that documents recently acquired by the CBC about rescue efforts at the Algo Centre Mall raise questions about decisions coming from the Premier’s office during the crisis.

“These documents are very concerning to myself, my neighbours in Elliot Lake, and all Ontarians,” said Mantha. “What they show, first and foremost, is that Dalton McGuinty and his advisors only did the right thing when public pressure forced them in to doing it.”

The documents include a chain of emails amongst staffers which suggest the Premier was going to release a statement calling off rescue efforts.

The decision was then reversed in the face of growing public criticism.

“At a time when our Premier should have acted quickly to continue rescue efforts, it was local residents who led the charge. Without the immediate and vocal reaction of the residents of Elliot Lake, the Premier’s office may have called off the rescue efforts,” said Mantha.

“During this very difficult time, the people of Elliot Lake leapt into action. I can’t praise highly enough all the residents involved in the rescue, including the Mayor, the Fire Department, and other folks involved at the scene,” explained Mantha. “The people of Elliot Lake were quick to fill the vacuum of leadership and action left by the government.”

Mantha is hopeful the ongoing public inquiry into the collapse will help prevent similar delays in future.

“The Algo Centre collapse was a tragedy for this community, and the fact that our own Premier was willing to call off rescue efforts so early is like rubbing salt in the wound,” said the MPP. “My only hope is that the public inquiry into the collapse will offer real solutions to prevent this from happening again.”


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golfnuttt 11/9/2012 1:01:00 PM Report

Praise to the citizens of Elliot Lake for standing up against adversity.
blue diamond 11/9/2012 2:07:34 PM Report

Hope David O. reads how his leader is neglecting Ontario and it's citizens. Good he is leaving and so is the Liberal party in Ontario also....... But how effective will the new party be when the election comes??
IB-fine 11/9/2012 3:33:49 PM Report

I hope everyone remembers all the lack of response to Elliot Lake and Wawa, the cuts to services including eye care and physio, cutting programs in social services before the Commission for Social Services reform report (cost of several million over 3 years to get) was even released; cutting provincial parks in the north; e-health, ORNGE; ever increasing hydro rates etc.....on and on.... at election time.

I don't see David O having anything to brag about for his re-election at all!
Norm 11/9/2012 4:43:02 PM Report

I'm fairly certain that the Tories, led by Tim Hudak, will not be strong enough to oust the hapless Liberals. They need a much more dynamic leader. On the other hand, the NDP have a very good candidate in Andrea Horwath. The Soo could go NDP again, should a strong local put his, her name forward. I usually vote Conservative, but I would consider voting NDP if the right individual could take down David O. David deserves to take the fall along with his ridiculous party.
Bad Dawg 11/9/2012 6:44:35 PM Report

for something deemed not safe to enter sure has stood strong since June.... what a shame
shorty38 11/9/2012 8:15:34 PM Report

Right on, Bad Dawg.
you would almost think that something smells in Elliot Lake, not just an old acid tank.
makes one think that when a window breaks in your house you should walk away and leave everything that is in it, ????
Bad Dawg 11/10/2012 12:05:13 AM Report

I once lived there for 10 yrs (met my wife there) have family and friends there. Going to be alot of questions answered.
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