Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath visited Peterborough early Wednesday afternoon (May 23) to survey some of the damage caused by Saturday’s devastating wind storm.
Mayor Diane Therrien and Peterborough-Kawartha NDP candidate Jen Deck joined Horwath for a walk around a neighbourhood in East City, surrounded by local media.
Horwath called on the province to provide urgent support and relief to Peterborough and other communities that have been hit particularly hard by the storm.
Hours before Horwath’s visit, Therrien announced the City of Peterborough was declaring a state of emergency as a result of the storm. The declaration makes the municipality eligible for any provincial financial assistance with extraordinary costs associated with emergency response and repairs to essential property and infrastructure following a natural disaster.
Before coming to Peterborough, Horwath was in Etobicoke to announce her plan to ensure young people and students get access to the mental health care they need, when they need it.
After her Peterborough visit, she headed to Belleville where she will meet with local volunteers and supporters.