Steven Del Duca on storm-hit areas of Clarence-Rockland

“I’ve had a chance today to see firsthand what business owners, families and first responders are going through in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly storm. As part of my visit, I also had the opportunity to meet with Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth and officials who are assessing the damage. I want to thank them, the paramedics and hydro crews for all they are doing to save lives and get people’s power back up.

I suspended my campaign schedule for today in order to get out here and meet the responders and bring attention to what’s happening. Leaders have a duty to show up in difficult times. It says a lot about Doug Ford that he’d rather be campaigning in his Toronto riding today, rather than bringing attention and government resources here to get communities back on their feet. It’s the same weak and irresponsible behaviour we saw from him when Ottawa was under the siege of the occupation, when he went snowmobiling at his cottage rather than show up for Ontario’s second largest city. All he’s ever good for are some phony words read from a teleprompter.

What I saw today was a community picking up the pieces. A community that was hurting, but united and strong. Emergency services are working hard to reconnect homes, clear the streets of debris and ensure they are once again safe for travel. I want to recognize Amanda Simard, our candidate for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, for her continued leadership on the ground and thank Clarence-Rockland city officials for their quick action to protect their community.

Our climate is changing and severe weather events like this are just one of the consequences. Our plan recognizes that we need to do more to protect communities in the face of increasingly intense and frequent freak storms, floods, and droughts – while taking decisive action to reduce the risk to our critical infrastructure, like burying more hydro transmission lines.

An Ontario Liberal government will make the fight against climate change and the protection of our communities a real priority.” – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party

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