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Ford ‘not happy’ about Greenbelt process, dodges questions about Steve Clark’s future

Premier Doug Ford said he was “not happy at all” about the process in which Ontario’s Greenbelt land was extracted, but dodged questions about Steve Clark’s future as housing minister on Thursday.

“Am I happy about the process? I’m not happy at all about it,” Ford said speaking to reporters in Etobicoke.

The premier’s remarks come on the heels of a scathing report from the province’s integrity commissioner, which found Clark broke ethics rules when the Ford government carved up the Greenbelt for development.

In just a couple hours, at 12:30 p.m., Clark is set to make his own announcement, marking his first media availability since the integrity commissioner found he violated two sections of the Members’ Integrity Act.

Integrity commissioner J. David Wake’s report, released Wednesday, revealed Clark had failed to oversee the process of Greenbelt land selected for development, which led to furthering “the private interests of certain developers.”

The premier is also scheduled to meet with the federal housing minister on Thursday afternoon, with Clark scheduled to be present at the meeting.

Throughout Ford’s media availability, the premier dodged questions about firing his embattled housing minister and instead, reiterated his steadfast support for Clark.

“I have confidence in Minister Clark. The buck stops with me,” Ford said.

However, a senior source close to the premier told CTV News Toronto that Ford is fighting to keep Clark while staff argue his resignation may be the only way to stop the bleeding from the Greenbelt report. 

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