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Ford apologizes for 'wrong' Greenbelt decision, vows to reverse land swap

The Ontario government is changing course and reversing a contentious land swap for the province's protected Greenbelt, following weeks of pressure and two ministers' resignations.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement at a news conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., Thursday afternoon.

"I made a promise to you that I wouldn't touch the Greenbelt. I broke that promise. And for that I'm very, very sorry," Ford said.

"It was a mistake to open the Greenbelt. It was a mistake to establish a process that moved too fast. This process, it left too much room for some people to benefit over others. It caused people to question our motives. As a first step to earn back your trust, I'll be reversing the changes we made and won't make any changes to the Greenbelt in the future."

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