Fired deputy OPP boss calls his dismissal a 'reprisal' - 2019-03-05
A former deputy OPP commissioner is pushing back after his high-profile firing, calling it revenge for his court bid to block the appointment of Premier Doug Ford's friend Ron Taverner as head of the police force. "It is patently clear to me that this is reprisal and an attempt to muzzle me," Brad Blair, who was passed over for the top job, said in a new court documents filed following his termination on Monday by deputy community safety minister Mario Di Tommaso, whom he accused of a conflict of interest.
The details emerged Tuesday as the New Democrats renewed calls for a public inquiry into the controversial hiring of Taverner, 72, and Blair's dismissal. It was Blair who raised concerns about the independence of the OPP under Taverner, launching a court case to force Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dube to investigate the appointment, and blew the whistle on Ford's demands for a customized travel van with reclining leather sofa, minifridge and 32-inch TV. "This mess continues to get worse and worse and the only way to clear the air is for…a complete public inquiry," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
"We need to have this thing blown wide open." Taverner's appointment is on hold at his own request pending Wake's probe.