GUELPH — MPP Mike Schreiner, released the following statement in response to a demand from the Chiefs of Ontario for the government to return land removed from the Greenbelt.
We wholeheartedly support the call from the Chiefs of Ontario for the government to return all removed lands to the Greenbelt.
The Chiefs of Ontario have made it clear that the removal of those lands did not respect government obligations to First Nations, and violates the Williams Treaties that were settled in 2018.
The government’s abrupt decision to remove 7,400 acres from the Greenbelt was made without consultation with the Chiefs of Ontario and should be immediately reversed.
Schreiner continues to call for the following measures to repair the harms inflicted by the Premier’s $8.3 billion Greenbelt giveaway:
- A full, independent public inquiry;
- The passing of legislation permanently restoring the Greenbelt in its entirety and bringing back conservation easements on DRAP lands; and,
- The implementation of real solutions to the housing crisis that put people before speculators.