Premier Doug Ford has two words for Interim OPP Commissioner Brad Blair’s complaints about the process to get the job he lost.
And the government he leads has said assertions of untoward conduct in Blair’s letter to the Ontario ombudsman are something they “fully and completely dispute.”
Ford made the “sour grapes” remarks in a text but, sources say, may address the matter more fully later Wednesday.
A source inside the premier’s office said they have been told by members of the OPP there are concerns of potential “police act violations” with some of the information released in the letter, but that would be something left to the next OPP commissioner to deal with.
In other words, Toronto Police Supt. Ron Taverner will be sworn in as OPP commissioner Monday as scheduled.
Blair cited a number of issues in his letter including expressing concerns of job requirements being lowered to suit a Ford family friend, that Taverner was seen leaving the premier’s office during the interview process, and that Ford’s chief of staff Dean French had asked for a “camper”-style van to be purchased and kept off the books.
It doesn’t happen often in Ontario where you have a scenario that feels like a palace coup.
Taverner said he was not going to be commenting on this at this point.