Ford backs down on Greenbelt development idea
AWARE News Network
PC leader Doug Ford quickly backed down from a plan to open up the Greenbelt for development. There is now all party support for the Greenbelt, which is consistent with polls showing over 89 per cent public support for its protection of farms, forests and natural areas. As for housing prices and supply in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the solution is to build a diversity of options on available land that is suitably zoned, serviced and close to where people can find work.
News release from Ontario PCs
Ontario PC leader Doug Ford promises not to touch the Greenbelt
This afternoon, Doug Ford announced that after consultation with the people of Ontario, an Ontario PC Government would maintain the Greenbelt in its entirety.
“I looked at it as making sure we have more affordable housing,” said Ford. “There have been a lot of voices saying that they don’t want to touch the Greenbelt. I govern through the people, I don’t govern through government.”
“The people have spoken – we won’t touch the greenbelt. Very simple. That’s it, the people have spoken. I’m going to listen to them, they don’t want me to touch the greenbelt, we won’t touch the greenbelt. Simple as that.”
The following wording will be included in the upcoming Ontario PC Platform:
“Increase the supply of affordable housing across the GTA while protecting the Greenbelt in its entirety.