Doug and the developers: is it a conspiracy or just conspiracy-ish?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford listens as Ontario’s minister of housing Steve Clark speaks during a press conference in Mississauga on Aug. 11. | Cole Burston / THE CANADIAN PRESS
From the Toronto Star, August 18, 2023
By Rick Salutin Contributing Columnist
If it looks like a conspiracy and walks and talks like one, what do we call it? Yet the word has nowhere been used about Doug and the Developers. How so?
In the 1990s, long before the Greenbelt was created in 2005 and put off limits to development, they were buying up pieces of it. They continued buying despite it, that’s what they do. You buy when and where land is cheap, then apply pressure to change the rules so values rise. Then you build or sell. You’re patient and predatory at the same time. And along came Doug Ford.