Land Developer Appears To Have Known About Ford Government’s Greenbelt Scheme Before It Was Made Public

Development Company Seems To Have Had Advance Knowledge Of Ford’s Greenbelt Plan Before It Was Made Public Say Ontario’s NDP

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition New Democratic Party

Posted February 1st, 2023 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large – To date, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has insisted that his Conservative government did not tip off any development companies before the government introduced  egislation that allows   some urban development on Greenbelt lands in the Golden Horseshoe, was made public late last year.)

Marit Stiles, incoming Ontario NDP leader

QUEEN’S PARK – Marit Stiles, Incoming Leader of the Ontario NDP, revealed new information about the Ford government’s plan to carve up the Greenbelt, indicating that a land development company seems to have had advance knowledge of the plan before it was made public.

“The more information we uncover about Ford’s scheme to tear up the Greenbelt, the more concerned I become”, said Stiles. “Protected land became extremely lucrative overnight, and Ford donors seem to have benefitted enormously from land they had just purchased. Maybe they were just incredibly lucky. But something doesn’t seem right to me.”

Three days before the announcement to tear up the Greenbelt was made public, Rice Group, a land development company, told the Mayor of King Township that a parcel of land could be provided for a nominal fee for a local project. At the time, that land was a protected part of the Greenbelt. Just three days later, the Ford government announced their intent to make the land available.

A map of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Ford government has turned it into a target for housing development even though it is supposed to be preserved “permanently” for growing food in Ontario.

“This finding indicates to us that somebody knew something”, said Stiles. “I am confident that the Integrity Commissioner will review this information and provide Ontarians with the answers they deserve about the Greenbelt”.

The Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario opened an investigation on January 18, 2023, after finding “reasonable and probable grounds” to investigate Ford’s actions to carve up the Greenbelt. Stiles submitted additional evidence last week.

Background – Timeline

Niagara citizens at Regional Headquarters for November 24th, 2022  Inaugural meeting of council. Photo by Doug Draper

* November 24, 2022 – Stiles wrote to the Auditor General requesting an investigation into the Ford government’s decision to open up 7,400 acres of Greenbelt land for development.

* December 8, 2022 – Formal Integrity Commissioner complaint filed.

* January 12, 2023 – Stiles and the other opposition leaders sent a letter to Auditor General requesting both a value-for-money audit and an environmental impact assessment of the government’s decision to remove lands from the Greenbelt.

* January 18, 2023 – Integrity Commissioner and Auditor General confirm they will be conducting investigations.

* January 27, 2023 – Additional information is submitted to the Integrity Commissioner.

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4 responses to “Land Developer Appears To Have Known About Ford Government’s Greenbelt Scheme Before It Was Made Public

  1. Why am I not surprised?


  2. How can anyone be so naive to believe Ford wasn’t told by the developers where to remove the Greenbelt designation?


  3. Ford has proven himself to be a liar on tape regarding the Greenbelt and flip flopped saying not going into the Greenbelt because he heard the public. Who could be so naive to believe Ford? You are right Mr. Rivers. I pray justice prevails like it should and all Canadians see the Greenbelt rightfully protected forever and Ford is ousted. I pray all those involved in the investigation are strong enough to stand up against Ford the bully.


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