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Ford to meet with federal housing minister amid calls for Steve Clark’s resignation

Premier Doug Ford is set to meet with the federal housing minister, the day after a scathing report from Ontario’s integrity commissioner found his housing minister broke ethics rules.

The premier is scheduled to see Housing Minister Sean Fraser after making an announcement in Etobicoke on Thursday morning.

A new report released by commissioner J. David Wake on Wednesday found Clark broke ethics rules while the government carved up the Greenbelt for development.

The report’s findings revealed Clark violated two sections of the Members’ Integrity Act by “failing to oversee the process” of Greenbelt land selected for development, which led to furthering “the private interests of certain developers.”

In response to calls for Clark to resign, Ford stood by the minister on Wednesday, saying he would continue working for his office to deliver on housing goals.

“We’ve acknowledged areas where we need to improve; the Integrity Commissioner reiterated that today, and we’ll continue to work to strengthen the process moving forward,” the Premier’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

The premier will make his Thursday announcement with Labour Minister Monte McNaughton and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will be available to watch live on

With files from CTV News Toronto’s Siobhan Morris and Katherine Declerq

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