May 3, 2021 SGA
On April 26, Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford delivered the following statement on the importance of protecting the Glen Abbey Golf Course:
“It’s always an honour to rise in the Legislature and bring awareness to the importance of the Glen Abbey golf course in my community. It’s not just a golf course; it’s critical for our local heritage, the environment and providing green space for Oakville.
The golf course is world-renowned and has hosted the Canadian Open a record 30 times. Oakville residents and, indeed, Canadians from across the country visit the course to witness professional golfers make history.
Besides its cultural value, the significance to the environment cannot be ignored. The land plays a role as a nesting area for animals and is home to the Jefferson salamander, which is an endangered species. There are many old-growth trees that fill the property, but are now at risk of being removed for development.
I remain committed to protecting this national treasure and preserving it for future generations. The member from Oakville North–Burlington and I continue to engage with residents, local elected officials and the Save Glen Abbey group. Recently, we hosted a virtual meeting with the Save Glen Abbey group and various ministry officials to address questions and concerns. I have also presented a petition to this Legislature to explore various options to protect the land. Importantly, it was an honour to host the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries in Oakville a number of months back to visit the course first-hand and see why it needs to be protected.
My office continues to receive thousands of emails from residents in my riding and across Ontario to save the course. I want to thank everybody who has written in. I will continue to advocate for protecting this great green space.”
Save Glen Abbey appreciates MPP Crawford’s kind words and is looking forward to some tangible actions from the Ford Government to show they are serious about supporting official municipal plans and saving Glen Abbey. It’s really actions that count.
Also looking for action is Oakville Ward 4 Town and Regional Councillor Allan Elgar: “I believe the provincial government has the power now to save Glen Abbey by issuing a ministerial order now, or designate the cultural heritage landscape into the greenbelt.”
We must continue filling government officials’ mailboxes reminding them of their campaign promises to save Glen Abbey. Please take a moment to send a prewritten email.