Premier Doug Ford, whose grandiose schemes for Toronto’s waterfront were thwarted when he was a city councillor and his brother was mayor, is setting his sights on redeveloping Ontario Place.
Sources told the Star that Ford wants to scuttle proposals that were being considered by the previous Liberal government and start anew with an international competition to rethink the sprawling green space along Lake Shore Blvd. W.
The premier, whose Progressive Conservatives toppled Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in the June 7 election, signalled three weeks ago that changes were afoot.
“Ontario Place was spectacular in the day,” Ford said at the Aug. 17 opening of the Canadian National Exhibition, which is adjacent to the provincially owned park.
“I’m proud to announce we’re going to work in conjunction with the CNE, redo Ontario Place and make it the most spectacular destination anywhere in North America to visit,” he said.
“We’ll bring it back to life.”
Officials in his government were tight-lipped about what’s planned.
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