Steve Clark bowed to the inevitable and resigned as Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs. This is a step towards accountability, but Ford’s Greenbelt scandal is far from over. A corrupt process led to a corrupt decision to remove protections from Greenbelt lands with a select few developers standing to profit by $8.3 billion. The people of Ontario deserve honest answers as to how a corrupt process was allowed to happen. Ontario Greens continue to call for the protection of all Greenbelt lands and for an independent, public inquiry into Ford’s $8.3 billion Greenbelt giveaway.
The complete lack of process and oversight revealed within Clark’s ministry by the Auditor General and Integrity Commissioner reports must raise questions over other decisions made under Clark’s tenure as Minister, not least the decision to build a new prison in Kemptville. Ontario Greens remain opposed to this plan, and continue to support grassroots groups CAPP and JOG in their campaign for a judicial review into this decision.