Dec 15, 2018

By Christine Ross

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Incoming OPP commissioner Ron Taverner’s appointment is being delayed.The Premier’s office agreed to the postponement until Ontario’s integrity commissioner has completed an investigation into whether there was any political interference from the Premier. CTV news is reporting that Taverner sent an email to Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones, who is in charge of the OPP requesting the postponement until an investigation is complete. Sources also report that cabinet will be relieving Brad Blair of the interim commissioner’s position and will appoint Gary Couture, who is currently the deputy commissioner in charge of field operations, to the position until at least the end of March. The move will likely prompt more questions from the NDP, which has been pushing for Taverner’s appointment to be delayed until an investigation can be held.

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