Progressive Conservatives dodge questions about Doug Ford's chief of staff - 2018-11-22
The concerns grew Thursday as opposition parties grilled the Progressive Conservatives over a Star report that Ford's top aide, Dean French, was accused by PC whistleblowers of instructing them to direct police to raid outlaw cannabis shops to get video of "people in handcuffs" on TV news for partisan advantage.
"The government might not want to answer questions on this matter but the people of Ontario have the right to know," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who asked for a second day whether Ford has spoken to French about the situation.
Neither the government nor French has denied the order was given to political staff during a conference call on Oct. 17, the day cannabis became legal. Ontario's integrity commissioner is considering a request for an official investigation from Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, who questioned whether there had been an "abuse of power."