Doug Ford Cleared By The Integrity Commissioner In The Appointment Of Ron Taverner As OPP Commissioner

Ontario’s integrity commission says there are no grounds to conduct an inquiry into Premier Doug Ford’s alleged involvement in the firing of deputy OPP commissioner Brad Blair. Opposition New Democrat MPP Keven Yarde had filed a request for the inquiry after Blair was fired just months after he asked the courts to force the ombudsman to investigate the appointment of Ford family friend Ron Taverner as the new OPP commissioner. But J. David Wake says the decision to fire Blair was made by the Public Service Commission and there is no indication the premier participated in it. Wake earlier cleared Ford of breaching any conflict of interest rules in the appointment of Rod Taverner — who ended up withdrawing as the incoming OPP chief and returning to the Toronto police service.

-The Canadian Press

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan