Province Fires OPP Deputy Critical Of Ford Family Friend Hire

Ministry Terminated OPP Officer Who Prompted Ombudsman To Investigate Hiring Practices

The province has fired an outspoken OPP Deputy Commissioner.

The Ministry of Safety and Correctional Services confirming today the OPP’s Brad Blair has been “terminated” while no reason was given.

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Blair had previously been very vocal about the hiring of Ron Taverner as head of the Ontario Provincial Police while he served as Interim Commissioner. Blair not only launched a defamation lawsuit against Ford, but requested of the courts an Ombudsman investigation into the hiring of Taverner as OPP Commissioner. Toronto Police Supt. Taverner is said to be a friend of Premier Doug Ford.

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An Integrity Commissioner’s report on whether Ford interfered in the hiring of Taverner is anticipated.