Brad Blair Sues Doug Ford, Staff For Wrongful Termination

September 13, 2019 Off By The Wall of Law

Brad Blair is pictured after speaking with the media at the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Sept. 13, 2019.

TORONTO — A former deputy commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is suing Premier Doug Ford and top staff for wrongful termination, abuse of public office and violations of his fundamental rights in a $15-million lawsuit. 

Brad Blair and his lawyer announced the lawsuit at a press conference at Queen’s Park Friday. 

Blair is already suing Ford for $5 million for defamation. The Ontario premier publicly accused Blair of breaking the Police Services Act, a claim that the veteran officer says damaged his reputation.

The government said Blair was fired because his previous court filings included internal OPP documents. 

Blair said Friday he doesn’t know why he was let go in March. 

“The impact of the firing has quite frankly traumatized me, my wife and our family,” he said.

The officer had asked the courts to force the provincial ombudsman to investigate the short-lived hiring of Ford’s friend. Ron Taverner had been named commissioner of the OPP, a job that Blair had been competing for. 

Taverner eventually withdrew from consideration and another commissioner was named in March.

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