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Green Belt: “We’re just scratching the surface” of scandal, NDP says | Greater Toronto: Green Belt Redistribution

What exactly did Doug Ford know? Despite Thursday’s about-face by the Ontario Premier on the green belt issue, many questions remain unanswered, according to the leader of the official opposition, New Democrat Marit Stiles.

Ford still refuses to release his phone records, for example, the New Democratic Party (NDP) leader notes in an interview with CBC on Friday morning.

After two damning reports and the resignation of two of his ministers, the Prime Minister announced Thursday that all land that was removed from the green belt last year would be returned to the protected area around Toronto. Mr. Ford apologized and admitted that his initial decision was a mistake.

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According to the NDP leader, this is a victory for Ontarians, but she remains skeptical. Accuses the Prime Minister of having save To the population.

How can you trust someone who didn’t learn their lesson the first 10 times?

Public survey?

Environmental leader Mike Schreiner calls for a public inquiry. Mrs Stiles is in favour, but she points out that the Ford Government, which has a majority, would have to give its approval.

Urges the Prime Minister to clarify the situation: It is still unclear who notified the promoters and what exactly Doug Ford knew.

I fear we have only scratched the surface of the scandal. (…) There are probably other pieces to be revealed.

He also hopes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will continue to investigate the matter.

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Ontario place

Stiles also cites the Ontario Place revitalization project in Toronto, for which critics accuse the Ford government of offering a golden deal to private company Therme.

The province declined to reveal details of the lease.

For her, Ontario laws on integrity and conflicts of interest must be strengthened. If we were at the federal level there would already be an investigation she says.

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