Doug Ford says he will listen to the Integrity Commissioner’s findings on the appointment of his friend as Ontario Provincial Police commissioner, but he isn’t committing to abiding by them.
Toronto police Superintendent Ron Taverner was named last year to the job of the province’s top police officer and critics say that as a long-time friend to the premier, the hiring raises concerns about potential political interference.
Supt. Taverner’s appointment has been delayed until after Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake completes an investigation, but Mr. Ford has indicated it would go ahead whenever the review is finished.
When asked today if he would abide by the Integrity Commissioner’s findings, Mr. Ford said he has a great deal of respect for Mr. Wake and he will listen to what he has to say.
If the Integrity Commissioner finds a provincial politician has violated the Members’ Integrity Act, he can recommend various penalties, but the Ontario Legislature – under the majority Progressive Conservatives – could reject the recommendation.
Mr. Ford says as he travels across the province, the only people who are concerned about Mr. Taverner’s appointment are members of the media.