Doug Ford demanded changes to his OPP security detail, according to court filings - 2019-02-25
Shortly after becoming Premier, Doug Ford demanded changes to his Ontario Provincial Police security detail because he didn't trust the rotating cast of officers, according to newly disclosed records.
Internal police e-mails filed in court also show that the Premier's office was interested in retrofitting a van for his travels, relaying a $50,000 cost estimate to the OPP.
Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair submitted the internal emails to bolster his claim that Mr. Ford and his office have interfered in police operations. The senior officer is asking the courts to order the province's Ombudsman to review the hiring of Mr. Ford's friend, Toronto Police Superintendent Ron Taverner, as the next OPP Commissioner.
Deputy Commissioner Blair, who was also a front-runner for the position, went public with his concerns in December, alleging that "inappropriate political interference or cronyism" could impact OPP operations. In his filings and correspondence, he alleged the Premier's office directed a sole-sourced "off-the-books" request for the OPP to refit an executive van for the Premier's use. He further alleged the Premier relayed to police that he wanted a meeting with the prior OPP Commissioner to ask him to replace a rotating security detail for Mr. Ford with permanent bodyguards, and if not, "perhaps a new Commissioner would."