Ford defends himself against $5M defamation claim by Brad Blair, calls it an attempt to 'muzzle' him - 2019-04-26

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F182.png Ford defends himself against $5M defamation claim by Brad Blair, calls it an attempt to 'muzzle' him April 26, 2019, CBC News

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is firing back after being hit with a $5M defamation lawsuit by former OPP deputy Brad Blair, denying he did anything wrong by claiming Blair violated the Police Services Act.

In a statement of defence filed Friday at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ford said his comments came "in response to a calculated, widely publicized, public, malicious and unprovoked personal and political attack," by Blair.

Blair alleged Ford smeared his reputation for political gain when the premier said the officer violated the act by publicly raising questions about the appointment of Ron Taverner, a long-time Ford family friend as OPP commissioner.

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{{cite news | title = Ford defends himself against $5M defamation claim by Brad Blair, calls it an attempt to 'muzzle' him | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-brad-blair-defamation-defence-1.5113123 | work = CBC News | date = April 26, 2019 | accessdate = April 30, 2019 }}