Friday , December 3 2021

Executive Director of Ontario Police Files for Review of Taverns Meeting


The current head of Ontario police control goes to court in a last blunt attempt to force a review of how the next Commissioner – a friend of Premier Doug Ford – was elected for the job.

Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, acting commander of the Ontario Provincial Police, filed a legal application in the prosecutor's office on Friday. The document claims that the Ombudsman in Ontario has an obligation to review any "undue political disturbances or chronicles" that could have contributed to the government's decision to promote Toronto police intend Ron Taverner in the role of the province's highest police.

Earlier this week, deputy commissioner Blair made a formal request to the watchdog to review or delay the Supt. Taverner's installation as chief of OPP, but the court application reveals that the Ombudsman's Office refused to do so and said that the request was not within its mandate.

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Supt. Taverns are due to start work on December 17th.

A lawyer acting for deputy commissioner Blair said he hopes to bring an action to the court as soon as possible, which means that it could be heard in January or February.

"My instructions are at all costs to take the steps that Commissioner Blair believes in his mind and heart to protect and secure the OPP credibility," told Julian Falconer.

The legal bid is the latest chapter in a remarkable battle that has emerged for control of Canada's second largest police force, a spreading organization that employs over 8,000 civil servants and civilians across Ontario.

The Conservative Government announced its election of Supt. Taverns as OPP Commissioner on November 29th.

Critics immediately questioned the agreement, seized the 72-year-old police force's close ties to the Ford family and his almost two decades as unit commander who oversaw the Ford's political powerbase in the western Toronto area of ​​Etobicoke. Nevertheless, Mr Ford and his cabinets claim that it was an arm's independent panel that recommended Supt. Taverner.

Deputy Commissioner Blair, a 32-year-old career-provincial police officer, had been the experienced candidate for front runners, and has led the power in space for about a month.

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In his December 11 letter to the Ombudsman, the Deputy Commissioner stated that Ford and his Chief of Staff, Dean French, had politized the process behind the scenes and that the Ombudsman needed to investigate issues to maintain public confidence in OPP.

The legal claim states that the watchdog wrote vice-commissioner Blair saying that his request "fell outside the Ombudsman's jurisdiction".

The application claims that the Ombudsman's mandate "clearly contains such a decision, recommendation, act or omission, made or made as a result of inappropriate political influence or chronicle, including the involvement of an executive member and / or their staff."

It adds that "this is a serious matter such as OPP's independence – a body that can be called in to investigate provincial politicians – must be seen as legitimate in the eyes of the citizens".

Try to reach Supt. Taverns, departing from Toronto's police station on Friday, failed.

A spokesman for the Ombudsman's Office did not respond to a request for comments. The premier agency repeated a previous statement in which Community Secretary of State Sylvia Jones said the government is in charge of its employment process.

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Mr Falconer told reporters that his client is trying to ask questions about the possibility of inaccurate proximity between the government and the OPP. It includes if "there is an attempt to convert OPP to some form of private police service for a political agenda," he said.

"These are the concerns raised that it hopes that a full independent investigation can give out," he said.

Earlier this week, former RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson told The Globe and Mail that there is "reasonable concern" about the appointment of Supt. Taverner. He echoed calls for an independent investigation to preserve the integrity of the power.

With a report by Molly Hayes

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