INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER FACING LAWSUIT OVER REPORT ON OPP HEAD HIRING

Mar 23, 2019

By Maria Madden

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Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner is facing a potential law suit over a report that
cleared Premier Doug Ford of any wrongdoing in the appointment of Ron Taverner as OPP Commissioner.

The report published Wednesday found that the Premier stayed ”at arms length” from the process and ”did not breach any laws” when the Government tried to appoint Taverner, a long time friend of the Ford family as the province’s top cop.

It did however say that it found a number a ”troubling” aspects to the process it found to be ”flawed.”

Now, Democracy Watch, an organization that advocates for government accountability and democratic reform, has called the report “negligently bad” and claims it ignores clear violations of Ontario’s ethics laws.

The organisation says it will consult with lawyers and potentially file a court challenge to overturn Wake’s ruling.

Taverner was appointed OPP commissioner in January but withdrew his name from consideration earlier this month is response to the controversy.

York Regional Police deputy chief Thomas Carrique was subsequently appointed and begins his three-year term April 8th.

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