After pressure from New Democrats, Housing Minister Steve Clark finally resigned from Cabinet. Now, it's time to focus on restoring these lands to the Greenbelt and giving Ontarians the transparency and accountability they deserve.
We're calling on the Conservatives to:
1) Immediately recall the Legislature to reverse course and return the lands in question to the Greenbelt
2) Not stand in the way of the any further investigations, including a possible investigation by the RCMP.
The recent Auditor General's report and the Integrity Commissioner's investigation provide undeniable evidence of what New Democrats have been pushing back against:
While everyday Ontarians grapple with rising costs and challenges, the Conservatives, led previously by the Premier and the now-resigned Housing Minister, have been busy selling off protected land and siding with well-connected insiders.
Time and again, the Conservatives have shown their true colors. The invaluable green spaces and farmlands — some of the highest agricultural qualities in the world — that Ontarians rely on are under grave threat.
This isn't about housing. Three separate reports, including the Auditor General's, have shown that the Greenbelt land isn't required to meet Ontario's housing needs. Instead, this move only fuels land speculation and deepens the crisis.
The Integrity Commissioner's latest findings also reveal that Steve Clark was found to have breached two sections of the Member’s Integrity Act — an important code of ethics that all government members agree to follow when Ontarians trust us with public office.
The Greenbelt Grab is a calculated move to enrich wealthy insiders. The report confirms the Premier's direct involvement, indicating that these unethical dealings were orchestrated at the very top.
This is about trading our cherished green spaces for the financial gain of developers who have generously filled the Conservative coffers.
We've stood firm against the Conservatives before, defending our Greenbelt. Now, armed with the Auditor General's report and the Integrity Commissioner's investigation, we have the evidence to back our claims.
Join our fight to protect our Greenbelt!
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