Liberals too slow on listeriosis: Ont. opposition
Published Thursday, September 11, 2008 2:09PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 9:01PM EDT
TORONTO - Political observers are at odds with Ontario opposition leaders who want Premier Dalton McGuinty held accountable for the recent listeriosis outbreak.
Conservative Leader John Tory says McGuinty has shown a lack of leadership on Listeria -- just as he has on the deadly C. difficile outbreak, the economy, and the recent propane explosion in Toronto.
NDP leader Howard Hampton says the government should have warned people sooner and has called for a public review
But observers say McGuinty is right to stay out of the spotlight because food inspection is a federal responsibility.
They say the Walkerton tainted water scandal was much harder on Ontario's then-Conservative government because water supply safety falls on the province.
There are now 15 confirmed deaths in the nationwide listeriosis outbreak which has been tied to processed meats -- 13 have occurred in Ontario.