Catherine Fife MPP, Waterloo

Government of Ontario

NDP welcomes IPC special report on the Greenbelt

Published on May 27, 2024

QUEEN’S PARK - Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, released the following statement after the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) confirmed she will be publishing a special report into the Ford government's handling of documents and records related to the Greenbelt. 

“The NDP welcomes this special report. We have been deeply concerned by revelations of deleted emails, the use of personal accounts, and other apparent attempts to cover-up the government’s actions as it schemed to give preferential treatment to well-connected Greenbelt speculators. This report will provide a clearer understanding of the government’s conduct. 

“Reports like these are rare and very serious. The IPC’s 2013 special report on the Liberal gas plant scandal triggered a police investigation, eventually sending the Liberal Premier’s chief of staff to prison.  

The walls are closing in for this government. One way or another, the truth about Ford’s Greenbelt dealings is coming out of the backrooms and into the light.” 


  • On April 15, 2024, Stiles provided the IPC with evidence that the Ford government tried to avoid compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, including: 
                 Emails that used the code word G* in place of Greenbelt 
                 Use of the Premier’s personal phone for government business 
                 Inconsistencies in testimony concerning the Greenbelt 

  • On May 21, the IPC responded, revealing that they have 19 active files concerning requests for records related to the Greenbelt – so many that they have decided to dedicate an entire special report on access-to-information and record-keeping relating to changes to the Greenbelt. 

  • In 2013, revelations in an IPC report triggered a police investigation that eventually resulted in jail time for Liberal Premier Dalton McGuity’s chief of staff in relation to the destruction of records during the gas plant scandal.  

  • Ford’s government is currently under active investigation by the RCMP for the Greenbelt scandal. This report follows special reports on the Greenbelt from the Integrity Commissioner and Auditor General – both explosive reports that resulted in the resignation of multiple top Ford staffers.