In a campaign stop in Ottawa on Monday, May 30, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford defended his decision not to visit the capital sooner after a devastating storm swept through the city on May 21.
In the latest update from Hydro Ottawa, 8,000 customers are still without power.
"Every single day I was in touch with the Hydro providers across the province," said Ford. "We put resources through ministries, we brought firefighters, we reached out to other provinces...I will always have the people's backs in Ottawa."
Ford said it was better to have boots on the ground working and manning the phones then doing a photo opportunity like some other party leaders, adding he kept in touch with mayors from some of the province's severely impacted areas from the storm.
Ford was speaking with local Member of Provincial Parliament Jeremy Roberts on Baxter Road where together, they announced their party's plan to widen Highway 417 to four lanes each way between Maitland Avenue and Highway 416.
It was the PC leader's first visit to Ottawa of the campaign with election day on June 2.
Ford said expanding the highway is a key driver for Ottawa's economic growth.