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Ron Taverner's meeting as an OPP Commissioner has been postponed


The Ontario government announced Saturday that Ron Taverner, who was dropped to OPP commissioner by Premier Doug Ford, has requested that his meeting be suspended pending a review.

Toronto police superintendent Taverner, a family friend from the Ford family, was expected to start the role on Monday. His appointment made widespread criticism when it was shown that qualifications for the job were lowered two days after it was first posted, which led to questions about how Supt. Taverns were selected for the location.

"Without the greatest respect for the brave men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police, I request my appointment as Commissioner until the integrity commissioner has completed his review," Supt. Taverns said in a statement.

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Common Security Minister Sylvia Jones says the government will respect the Supt. Taverns wishes. "While the government is fully confident in Mr. Taverner, we will respect his request for delays in his appointment until the integrity commissioner has examined the selection process."

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OPP Deputy Commissioner Gary Couture has been appointed Interim Committee for OPP, which is effective Monday, while the review is being conducted.

The move comes after OPP Commissioner Brad Blair, who has acted in court, on Friday to try and postpone the agreement until a review of Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé is completed.

Deputy Commissioner Blair's lawyer Julian Falconer told reporters at a conference call on Saturday that the legal challenge will continue. "He will continue the procedure no matter," Falconer said.

"The issues that interim commissioner Blair has raised … were issues that were already out there. They were problems that caused big and big problems. He sees the cloud that affects credibility and is perceived independently of the Ontario Provincial Police," said Falconer.

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In a statement, Vice-Commissioner Blair, who will no longer act as a Commissioner from Monday, said he has been humiliated by the opportunity to lead the force since November 5, "and I'm not sorry for a single step I have to take." He said that he will remain with the power of deputy commissioner for road safety and operational support command.

"I'm still dedicated to ensuring that the Ontario Police's well-paid reputation remains rude," he said in a note to the staff.

Vice-MP Blair claims in his court case that the Ombudsman in Ontario has an obligation to review any "inappropriate political disturbances or chronicles" that could have contributed to the government's decision to promote the Supt. Taverns in the role of the province's highest cop.

Earlier this week, Vice-Commissioner Blair – who was also in operation for the job – 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.

NDP has said that the Ombudsman has postponed the inquiry to the Integrity Commissioner.

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.

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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.

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.

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