New one for the ConservativeSpeak translation list:
— Mike Gibbs 🏳️🌈 (@Mikeggibbs) April 30, 2018
The Progressive Conservative leader backed down one day after it emerged he had privately assured property developers he would “open a big chunk” of the 800,000-hectare swath of environmentally sensitive land around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area if the Tories win the June 7 election.
“The people have spoken — we won’t touch the Greenbelt. Very simple. That’s it, the people have spoken. I’m going to listen to them, they don’t want me to touch the Greenbelt. We won’t touch the Greenbelt. Simple as that,” Ford said Tuesday afternoon.
“There have been a lot of voices saying that they don’t want to touch the Greenbelt. I govern through the people; I don’t govern through government.”-The Star
Wow, the @OntarioPCParty platform is really coming along:
— Craig MacBride (@CraigMacBride) April 30, 2018
To be clear: we believe in protecting the Greenbelt. Anything we look at to allow for much needed housing development, we will do in a measured and sustainable way: we will add the equivalent land to the Greenbelt. That means there will not be an inch less of protected land.
— Sam Oosterhoff (@samoosterhoff) April 30, 2018
— Global News Toronto (@globalnewsto) April 30, 2018
Doug Ford has privately assured developers he will “open a big chunk” of the Greenbelt of protected GTHA farmland to build housing if the Progressive Conservatives win the June 7 election.https://t.co/T4NnMmThhP
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) April 30, 2018
Buildings are responsible for 1/3 of GHG emissions; the transportation sector another third. Building new affordable housing in transit-oriented walkable communities is the future, not sprawl where our greenbelt should be. Here, green affordable housing, by @RoseCompaniesNY. pic.twitter.com/a6P368qEm9
— jennifer keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) April 30, 2018
PC leader Doug Ford: "We will open up the Greenbelt — not all of it, but we're going to open a big chunk of it up — and we're going to start building and making it more affordable and putting more houses out there." #onpoli https://t.co/niqGDJp4bM
— Mike Crawley (@CBCQueensPark) April 30, 2018
— Green Party Ontario (@OntarioGreens) April 30, 2018
Earlier Tuesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne warned his proposal would promote urban sprawl and damage the environment.
“When that land is gone, it’s gone forever. You cannot get that land back,” Wynne said at the Charles Hastings housing co-op on Elm Street where she was touting tenant protections.
“The point of the Greenbelt is to keep in place the integrity of water systems, the integrity of agricultural land. Making the map look like Swiss cheese … makes it much less viable and really undermines those water protections and agricultural land protections.”
Wynne noted there is already enough available “land in the GTHA to build two more cities the size of Mississauga” without tampering with the Greenbelt.-The Star
Video of Doug Ford promising to open greenbelt to development. Monday, defends what he said in video. Tuesday, changes his mind-"After consultation with the people of Ontario". How much consultation in a day?! #FlipFlopFord. Horvath, this election is yours to lose I think.#onpoli pic.twitter.com/vbHN1JlnnJ
— Brad (@BradToGo) May 2, 2018
Now that we all agree on the greenbelt …the bigger question in Simcoe County is:
Will the province be increasing population allocations to allow for more development?@jeffkerk @DougDownie1955 @fordnation @Kathleen_Wynne
— Sandy McConkey (@McConkeySandy) May 2, 2018
Doug Ford’s about face on Greenbelt shows how bad he is but Kathleen Wynne’s about face on Hydro One compensation gets a pass. The @TorontoStar isn’t even trying to hide that it is an official @OntLiberal publication. https://t.co/BCod7lPLyE
— Norman Levine (@levinepmc) May 2, 2018
Ford abandons proposal for Greenbelt development after blowback
— News SummedUp Canada (@summedupcanada) May 2, 2018
Environmentalists warned any such tinkering would spell the end of the protected Greenbelt as developers renewed a speculative rush for farmland. The Ontario government and urban planning experts say there is already more than enough available land around the greater Toronto area for more than 20 years of development.-The Globe and Mail