June 13, 2024
Blair's lawsuit against Ford is doomed to fail
Running to the media, filing lawsuits and asking officials of the legislature to investigate the government because you lost out on a job seems like a lot less than protecting the dignity of the OPP. It seems like sour grapes and so does this lawsuit.
Running to the media, filing lawsuits and asking officials of the legislature to investigate the government because you lost out on a job seems like a lot less than protecting the dignity of the OPP. It seems like sour grapes and so does this lawsuit.

Ontario’s former top cop is likely to be disappointed again.

Brad Blair launched a $15 million lawsuit against Premier Doug Ford over his firing last March and called for a public inquiry into how appointments are made in the province.

There is no way that the Ford government will call an inquiry on itself and its own appointments.

As for the lawsuit, with the exception of perhaps a partial win on some comments made by the premier, the lawsuit is destined to fail for one simple reason: the government is allowed to appoint or fire the people they want in top jobs — it is how our system works.

Blair knows this because his appointment as interim commissioner was an order-in-council — effectively a cabinet order — giving him the job.

The OIC signed on October 31 said that Blair “be appointed as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, effective from November 3, 2018, to serve at the pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.”

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