UPDATE: Brad Blair Waging Legal Battle

A conference call will be held Wednesday regarding former OPP Deputy Comisisoner, Brad Blair.

The call is being hosted by Blair's lawyers and there is no indication what it will be about.

Blair, who was fired Mondayalleges it is reprisal for waging a legal battle over the appointment of a friend of the premier's as commissioner.

He released a statement saying he is he is "humbled and appreciative" of the opportunties he's had and in his nearly 33 years of service, he has "had the privilege of seeing the province in its entirety."

The Essex native, has asked the courts to force the provincial ombudsman to investigate the hiring of Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, a long-time friend of Premier Doug Ford, as the new Ontario Provincial Police commissioner.

The government has denied any political interference in Blair's firing, and says he has released confidential OPP information through his court filings.

Deputy minister Mario Di Tommaso was the one who fired Blair, and Blair alleges that was a conflict of interest because Di Tommaso was part of the hiring panel that selected Taverner and is therefore part of the case before the court.

Blair filed court documents today in which he argues that his firing by Di Tommaso is an attempt to "muzzle" him and is directly connected to what he calls his "good faith efforts" to try to get the ombudsman to investigate.

The NDP is calling for a public inquiry into the whole situation.


Brad Blair's statement released through his lawyer after being fired as OPP Deputy Commissioner, March 5, 2019. (Statement courtesy of Falconers LLP)


— With files from The Canadian Press