FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2023
FULL INDEPENDENT PUBLIC INQUIRY REQUIRED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF FORD GOVERNMENT GREENBELT GIVEAWAY
[TORONTO, ON] - Kingston and the Islands MPP, Ted Hsu, today called for the government to establish a commission under the Public Inquiries Act, 2009, to conduct a full independent public inquiry into how the Ford government subverted democratic accountability to transfer $8 billion of wealth to private developer interests as exposed in the Auditor General of Ontario’s report, “A Special Report on Changes to the Greenbelt”.
On Wednesday it was revealed that the OPP declared a conflict of interest and has asked the RCMP to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing. This follows former Chief of Staff Ryan Amato, Greenbelt Minister Steve Clark’s scapegoat, indignantly stating in his resignation letter that he “acted appropriately, and that a fair and complete investigation would reach the same conclusion.”
“A commission under the Public Inquiries Act has the power to compel testimony under oath from anybody involved in this process, compel the production of documents, and compel the disclosure of relevant private, electronic communications or or confidential information. No party, including the Premier, the Minister, developers or lobbyists, will be able to avoid questioning from a commission, which would be able to examine the facts in a way that the Auditor General, cannot” said Hsu.
Hsu continued, “Ford’s Greenbelt Giveaway has seriously undermined trust in government and the home building industry. At a time when Ontarians need the leadership of the government to marshal all resources to tackle the housing crisis, we need a full public commission of inquiry to learn the truth. We need to know who knew and did what, when and whether any laws were broken. I call on the Ford Government to establish a full public inquiry without delay if they have nothing to hide. If Premier Ford refuses, I am prepared to commission a public inquiry into Greenbelt land transactions as the first order of business in a newly elected Liberal government, if I am elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.”