Dear Minister Smith,
I am most alarmed at the troubling implications arising out of the Auditor General’s Report released yesterday. I had expected that some shenanigans had occurred (political favours), but had no idea that developers actually submitted the lands THEY wanted removed from The Greenbelt. Then to have both the Premier and Minister Clark deny any knowledge of these corrupt practices occurring under their watch, blaming a staffer instead, demonstrated total incompetence on the part of the two of them. Incompetence in a job is grounds for dismissal. That is what must occur with Minister Clark; he must lose his Cabinet Post. It is his job to know what is going on in his Ministry. The Premier is another matter; the people of Ontario will deal with him in the future.
I am so disappointed in you throwing in your lot with these fellows; I had always respected you as a politician in Muskoka. Here’s how you can rectify the fallout before you, too, are dragged down by their actions. I’m asking you as my MPP and as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, to put the full weight of your Cabinet assignment behind a call for the reversal of the changes to Greenbelt boundaries which were made last year. I urge you also to plead to your colleagues – Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks David Piccini, and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson – to accept the Auditor General’s recommendation to re-evaluate the 2022 Greenbelt decision. Your government must make this right by restoring Greenbelt protections to the lands removed.
Finally, my supposition that no consideration had been given to any of the many ERO submissions I made, as an individual and on behalf of Climate Action Muskoka, to the multiple confusing and incomplete ERO postings has proven true, according to the Auditor General. See Section 4.8 of the Report: The Public and Municipalities Were Not Effectively Consulted on the Greenbelt Boundary Changes.
I am asking that you respond to this email in a manner that indicates that you have heard my concerns as a constituent and will communicate them to your colleagues. I do not wish to receive a form letter which just restates your government’s ‘talking points’.
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