Sep 04, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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Despite public support from Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced his resignation from Cabinet this morning.

The move came following a recent report by Ontario’s integrity commissioner found that Clark broke ethics rules for his role in the provincial government’s Greenbelt land swap scandal.

In a letter published this morning, Clark said he felt his role in the Greenbelt decision and subsequent investigations were “a distraction” from the ministry’s work to solve the housing affordability crisis.

The Integrity Commissioner’s report blamed Clark for a lack of oversight over his chief of staff, who both the integrity commissioner and Ontario’s auditor general said spearheaded the removal of 7,400 acres of land from the Greenbelt.

New Democrat Leader Marit Stiles says now it’s time for Ford to face the music.

She says he needs to recall the legislature, restore land to the Greenbelt and give Ontarians the transparency and accountability they deserve from a premier.

Ontario Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser says, while it’s a start, the resignation won’t put an end to finding out all the information regarding the Greenbelt land swap.

CUPE President Fred Hahn made it clear he’s no fan of the government, calling it “corrupt.”

Clark plans to continue to serve his constituents as the MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

In a post on social media, Premier Doug Ford thanked Clark for his years of service, writing: “Our work won’t stop.”

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