McGuinty rejects 'blame game' in Elliot Lake collapse
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:44PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:46PM EDT
TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty says he won't be going to Elliott Lake to comfort a community reeling from the mall collapse that's killed at least one person.
McGuinty says it would be better for him to stay in Toronto and do what he can to assist in the rescue effort.
McGuinty was in Sudbury on Saturday when the roof collapsed, about 160 kilometres west of Elliott Lake.
The mayor of Elliott Lake says the provincial emergency co-ordinator didn't arrive until late last night, two days after disaster struck.
But McGuinty says now is not the time to play the blame game and that everyone should focus on the rescue effort.
Officials in Elliot Lake say they're planning to start dismantling part of a structure in order to rescue anyone still trapped inside.
They reversed their decision to abandon the site -- which was deemed too dangerous for crews to go in -- after McGuinty urged them to keep trying.
The premier says he's not going to second-guess their decision and is glad that another option -- to dismantle the mall from the outside -- was found.