PC party to pay Doug Ford's legal bills in $5M defamation lawsuit - 2019-03-28
The Progressive Conservative Party will pay Premier Doug Ford's legal bills in a $5 million defamation lawsuit filed against him by fired deputy OPP commissioner Brad Blair. Ford spokesman Simon Jefferies confirmed the arrangement in an email Thursday after opposition parties expressed concern taxpayers might be on the hook.
The PC Party says it will pick up Premier Doug Ford's legal bills in the defamation lawsuit filed by former deputy OPP commissioner Brad Blair, left.
"The premier shouldn't have put us in this mess in the first place," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. "Him and his party should be responsible for it. Why should the people of Ontario pay for a premier who wasn't very thoughtful in the way he approached the hiring of the OPP commissioner and the way that he dealt with Mr. Blair." Blair, who was initially passed over for the commissioner's post for Ford friend Ron Taverner, is suing for defamation. The veteran law enforcement officer accuses Ford of being "malicious" and "grossly negligent" for stating incorrectly on several occasions that he had breached the Police Services Act for revealing internal OPP documents and emails about a premier's office request for a van with $50,000 in customized upgrades, including a reclining leather sofa, 32-inch TV with Blu-ray DVD player and mini-fridge.