Brad Blair, ex-OPP officer, files $15M lawsuit and calls for public inquiry

Brad Blair, former interim commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, has filed a $15-million lawsuit for wrongful termination against Premier Doug Ford and several top-level civil servants. At a news conference, Blair's lawyer, Julian Falconer, said that the statement of claim for the lawsuit was filed Friday morning, calling it "the only way Brad Blair can push for accountability."Speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired, Blair was visibly emotional, saying that the last six months have been a time of "grieving." "The impact of the firing has quite frankly traumatized me, my wife and my family," he said. Falconer and Blair also called for a public inquiry into provincial appointments made under Ford, calling them "questionable."    "Nothing short of a commission of inquiry … will actually give a full airing to the issues," said Falconer. By mid-afternoon Friday, Ford's government had released a statement, saying that since the matter was before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment. > In response to the call for a public inquiry into government appointments and the $15M lawsuit by fired OPP dep commissioner Brad Blair, Premier Doug Ford's office issues this statement that neither mentions Blair nor the public inquiry. #onpoli> > —@CBCQueensParkTurbulence began last fall The dispute between the premier and Blair grew out of the government's move last November to name Toronto Police Supt. Ron Taverner as the OPP ...Read more

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