Doug Ford keeps a straight face denying he played any role in the Greenbelt land swap

On The Ledge

03-11-2023 • 30 mins

In this edition of On the Ledge - Your Ontario Politics Podcast

Keith Leslie (CH TV), John Wright (SVP Maru Public Opinion), Sabrina Nanji (QP Observer) and Dave Trafford (SSN Chief Executive Producer) weigh in on the latest in the Greenbelt Quagmire.

As noted in last week's show, we were expecting, and recieved, a 7 thousand page document dump that did two things. First, it put Premier Doug Ford squarely in the middle of the Greenbelt land swap scandal. Second, it took some of the heat and attention away from the NDP's self-immolation in the face of the Middle East crisis.

Documents released this past week make it abundantly clear the Premier's Office was looped in on the land swap process on a number of occassions. And Sabrina's reporting in the Queen's Park Observer says it's clear the "PO also asked for a copy of a map to make sure that two properties in Nobleton were part of the boundary changes."

Still, Doug Ford maintained a straight face when asked if he lied to the Integrity Commissioner and told reporters he couldn't remember specifics from something that happened two years ago. You can't deny something you don't remember!

And all of this effectively swamped the Fall Economic Update, which, by itself, was something of a communications-dog's-breakfast, including Ford's commitment of $3 billion to create an Ontario Infrastructure Bank. Except for the dollar figure, there are virtually no details on who or how the bank would run.

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