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Doug Ford Made a Secret Backroom Deal to Sell ‘Big Chunk’ of Toronto’s Greenbelt to Developers

‘I wish I could say it’s my idea, but it was their idea as well,’ Ford told Ontario PC gathering

April 30, 2018

Doug Ford is railing against Kathleen Wynne’s secret backroom deals while privately promising wealthy real estate tycoons he will green light a plan to bulldoze environmentally-protected public lands.

In a newly surfaced video filmed February 12 at a campaign event in Markham, Ontario, Ford says he’s talked with “some of the biggest developers” in Canada about developing a “big chunk” of Toronto’s greenbelt.

“We will open up the greenbelt,” Ford tells a room of supporters. “We’re going to open a big chunk of it up and start building.”

Although the greenbelt protects environmentally-sensitive wetlands and forests, Ford tells supporters not to worry, because “it’s just farmers’ fields.”

And here’s the kicker: Ford says it wasn’t his idea – the idea came from developers:

“I’ve already talked to some of the biggest developers in this country, and again, I wish I could say it’s my idea, but it was their idea, as well.”

 

Ford has had a long and close relationship with Toronto’s biggest developers, counting on the support of local real estate tycoons to bankroll his failed run for Toronto mayor in 2014.

Ironically, at the same event, Ford railed against the “backroom deals” of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government, pointing to secret deals as proof that “Queen’s Park is corrupt from top to bottom.”

During the event, Ford’s official Twitter account even tweeted out that he would “stop the backroom deals” once and for all.

In other words, Ford will stop the “backroom deals” right after he sees through all the “backroom deals” he’s already made with all his wealthy developer friends?

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Doug Ford Appointed a Far-Right Former Rebel Media Host to Run as an Ontario PC Candidate

Ontario PC candidate railed against climate change, Muslims and the ‘pussification of the West’ on his Rebel Media podcast

April 27, 2018

Doug Ford upended a local Ontario PC nomination process and appointed an ex-host from the alt-right Rebel Media website to run in London, Ontario.

Even though he told his own party members “every single riding nomination is going to be 100 percent transparent,” Ford moved to unilaterally appoint 11 Ontario PC candidates last weekend.

In London West, Ford ousted an aspiring PC candidate who had spent the last two years campaigning for the nomination – the would-be nominee called Ford’s move…