Earlier this week Doug Ford suggested he was open to the idea of opening the protected Greenbelt around the Toronto area for some development if elected premier this spring. This under sustained fire from his two rivals Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP’s Andrea Horwath, Ford did a quick pivot and backed down from that Greenbelt scheme.
This controversy came after he had privately assured property developers he would “open a big chunk” of the 800,000-hectare swath of environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area if the Tories win the June 7 election.
To understand why PC leader Doug Ford came up with that oft repeated suggestion is because doing so would alleviate the problem of affordable housing which is now a major problem and an election issue.
Although he had added that for every piece of the Greenbelt opened for development he would add equivalent land to the protected area to ensure it didn’t change in size, the potential controversy would be too much of a distraction. – CINEWS