In the time-honoured tradition of sleazy politics, Ryan Amato, who, until the turfing, was chief of staff to the Ontario housing minister, got turfed out the back door at Queen’s Park the other day. I would suggest though, you save your tears for his supposed disgrace. He obviously got the golden handshake. He might also have got some hush money. Ryan Amato might have a book he could write or some more interesting interviews. Yet he has proved to be a stand-up guy. He can also take his time in picking just the right job in Ontario’s home building industry.
Which one of the companies, who want to build homes in the Greenbelt, will make Amato the best offer? Don’t forget folks, this guy knows the premier and the minister of housing’s phone numbers. Amato will have two years to ingratiate himself to his new masters. Even when Ford is no longer in Queen’s Park, Amato has the key to behind the scenes in the ministry of housing. The pay off at Queen’s Park might be healthy but the payoff over the next two years will set the boy up for a life of luxury.
It was Bonnie Lysyk’s report on the $8.28 billion deal for Greenbelt land that led to Amato’s resignation. And unless Doug Ford feels some easing in the complaints, his municipal affairs and housing minister Steve Clark will be the next head on the chopping block.
The only problem is that Clark is a member of the legislature and would be expected to sit with the other outcasts in the corner of the legislature. He would, of course be expected to return to the cabinet when the dust of the Greenbelt fiasco settles.
What you cannot expect is for Ford to resign. He insists that the buck stops at his desk but like any school-yard bully, he only talks the talk. He doesn’t walk the walk. Ford will be there for the 2026 provincial election. The Greenbelt will still be the main topic despite all attempts by Ford to change the dialogue. Some things, politicians cannot survive.
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