Ford stands by Ontario housing minister as opponents call for firing over Greenbelt land swap (CBC News)

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    Ford stands by Ontario housing minister as opponents call for firing over Greenbelt land swap – By Olivia Bowden (CBC News) / Aug 31, 2023

    Premier’s office has said so far that Steve Clark will keep his job

    Premier Doug Ford doubled down on a pledge to build more homes in Ontario and insisted on Housing Minister Steve Clark’s continued role in his government Thursday, a day after the province’s integrity commissioner recommended Clark be reprimanded for his role in the controversial Greenbelt land swap.

    At an unrelated news conference, Ford was asked repeatedly why Clark will keep his position despite a lengthy report from J. David Wake that said the housing minister failed to have proper oversight over the process that led to protected Greenbelt lands being selected for housing development, ultimately allowing the interests of some private developers to influence the project

    “Minister Clark is part of our team and will continue to be part of our team,” Ford said. “At the end of the day, I’m not happy with the process, we’re changing the process, but I have to build these homes, and we’re going to continue to build the 1.5 million homes in every corner of this province.

    “I’m responsible for everything that happens in the province. And I always make sure we hold our caucus and our ministers accountable, to follow the mandate that we gave them,” he said.

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