Oakville, GTHA residents invited to ‘Ford Watch Party’ to help save Greenbelt


Published February 9, 2023 at 11:32 am

A local environmental group is inviting Oakville residents and others across the GTHA to join them in a trip to Queen’s Park in an effort to help protect the Greenbelt.

Residents are being invited to join the Keep the Greenbelt Promise campaign and come to the Queen’s Park Visitors Gallery for the “Ford Watch Party” and “keep watch,” beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9:45 a.m.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Conservative government has done away with environmental protections for approximately 2,995 hectares of Greenbelt land in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in order to enact a controversial housing plan to build 50,000 new homes on the land.

The development of the land would break a pledge made by Ford in 2018 that he wouldn’t touch the Greenbelt.

The idea of the visit to Queen’s Park is to show Ford and the provincial government that “we remain vigilant and committed to protecting the Greenbelt.”

“Never let this government out of your sight,” said Phil Pothen, the Environment Program Manager for Environmental Defence, on Twitter. “Join us in the Queen’s Park Visitors Gallery to keep watch.”

Plans by the campaign are to come to the Visitor’s Gallery at Queen’s Park for Question Period. After, the group plans to meet to organize continued actions to protect the Greenbelt.

Those interested in attending the “Ford Watch Party” are asked to RSVP to get on the guest list for the event.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP, see here.

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