Aug 09, 2023
By Christine Ross
Premier Doug Ford is responding to the Auditor General’s report on the his government’s controversial Greenbelt housing plan that AG Bonnie Lysyk calls “flawed, bias and damning.”
“As Premier, the buck stops with me, and I take full responsibility for the need for better process,” Ford told reporters.
But Ford says his government won’t back down on the Greenbelt land swap that was directly influenced by developers.
“We support and will implement 14 of the report’s 15 recommendations and doing so will strengthen government process.”
Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says the entire process to unlock portions of the Greenbelt was conducted in three weeks and was co-ordinated by Clark’s chief of staff.
But Clark hinted that both he and his staffer will not resign. “All my staff will continue to work with and support the Integrity Commissioner’s investigation and the recommendations that are in this report, that pertain to the Integrity Commission we will continue, my entire team, to work with him moving forward.”
Both Ford and Minister Clark have both denied tipping off developers ahead of the public announcement last year that the government would remove land from the Greenbelt to build 50,000 homes.