Jan 23, 2023

By Christine Ross

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While Doug Ford was touting his government’s plan to allow developers to build housing on parts of the province’s protected Greenbelt at a meeting of the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association in Toronto, protestors rallied outside including including New Democrat MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“This bill has come through way too fast, it didn’t go through with any consultations and no notifications,” said Wong-Tam.

Green Party leader Mike Schreiner says respecting environmentally sensitive land has united people. “I’ve been to a number of pop up protests across Ontario and many in a Conservative riding and I’ve had people say I’ve always voted Conservative and I’m opposed to this because we have to protect our farm land, we have to protect our wetlands and green space because we have to make sure we don’t build communities that are simply unaffordable for people.”

Inside, the Premier told the Association his government’s plan to build housing is simple economics. “It’s supply and demand, we need to work together to build new homes, to make home ownership more attainable for people and this plan includes building more homes in every part of Ontario.”

Critics want the government to reverse course and protect the environmentally sensitive land.

Two government watchdogs have launched investigations into the government’s plan.

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