“It is unfortunate that this service has been unfairly maligned by unfounded allegations about the appointment process,” the minister continued.Blair wrote in his letter that OPP officers have shared with him concerns that the process was unfair and that the force’s independence would be called into question.This is not the first formal complaint about Taverner’s hiring — MPP Kevin Yard has also filed a formal request with Ontario Integrity Commissioner David Wake to look into it.Julian Falconer, a lawyer representing Blair in his complaint, told reporters on Tuesday that perceptions of “inappropriate proximity” between the OPP and the provincial government “erode the rule of law."
“If the hiring process remains enveloped in questions of political interference, the result will be irreparable damage to police independence.”
Taverner’s appointment has received backlash from former city hall observers“The story has only begun to unfold,” tweeted former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board Alok Mukherjee. “It has all the makings of a TV serial called Doug & Ron - All for Friendship.”“Anyone with a modicum of ethical clarity would have at a minimum stayed out of the selection process,” he wrote. “Actually, they would have advised a close personal friend to not even put their name forward. Foolish, careless, corrupt.”Cover image: Toronto Police Superintendent Ron Taverner spoke to the media at 23 Division in Toronto on Nov.6, 2012 to explain the circumstances that lead to a TTC shelter bus being called following a high school football game last week. Photo by Peter Power/The Globe and Mail.
“It is unfortunate that this service has been unfairly maligned by unfounded allegations about the appointment process.”