Ontario NDP Slams PC Leader Doug Ford’s “Secret Plan” To Pave Greenbelt

Niagara, Ontario area MPP Mel Swart fought for decades for Greenbelt protection that finally came, two years before his death in 2007. File photo by Doug Draper

“When it comes to creating a livable, affordable province, Doug Ford is saying one thing publicly and another in private to his big, rich developer friends.” – Ontario NDP environment critic           Peter Tabuns

Statement from NDP Environment critic Peter Tabuns on Ontario’s Greenbelt

Posted May 1st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Doug Ford’s reckless, secret plan to open Ontario’s greenbelt to pave over farms, forests, parks and vibrant green spaces won’t help Ontario families. When it comes to creating a livable, affordable province, Doug Ford is saying one thing publicly and another in private to his big, rich developer friends.

Kathleen Wynne has failed to adequately protect Ontario’s greenspaces, just as she has failed to protect families from skyrocketing housing costs. But while she favoured developers over families who needed an affordable place to live and over the environment — Doug would be so much worse when it comes to putting wealthy land developers first.

New Democrats support Greenbelt policies that protect natural heritage while encouraging affordable, transit-friendly ‘complete communities.’ We will protect prime farmland from land speculators, and strengthen Ontario’s Greenbelt to expand economic opportunities for family farmers and local producers.

Unlike the Wynne Liberals and Ford PCs, New Democrats have a real plan to build 65,000 affordable homes over the next decade. We will require developers to build a certain number of affordable homes in new developments and fund the province’s one-third share of social housing repairs to keep more units livable.

That’s change for the better — for Ontario families, and for our environment.

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