Premier Doug Ford says a report by the province’s Integrity Commissioner represents a complete vindication of his government. In a report issued yesterday, Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake said Ford did stay at arm’s length from the selection process that resulted in Ron Taverner being appointed head of the Ontario Provincial Police last fall. Taverner, a Toronto Police Superintendent and close friend of Ford withdrew his name from consideration for the job earlier this month. The government has since named Thomas Carrique, a deputy chief for York Regional Police Serive, as the next commissioner of the OPP.
From a media release by the Integrity Commissioner:
In conducting the inquiry, the Commissioner, general counsel and staff of the Office interviewed 21 witnesses in person, received additional information from another eight individuals and reviewed more than 3,500 documents. A list of witnesses is appended to the report. On the evidence, the Commissioner found that Premier Ford did not breach any of the sections of the Act, as alleged. The Commissioner found that the Premier stayed at arm’s length from the recruitment process, but that the process was flawed.
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Photo Credit: Doug Ford via Twitter
I would like to thank the Integrity Commissioner for the report, which represents a complete vindication for our government.
It is now clear, that as we said from the beginning, this complaint from the NDP and the Liberals was frivolous and without merit. pic.twitter.com/EJ1wY6AOQq
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 21, 2019