Broadcast news is reporting the premier's office is delaying the appointment of Ron Taverner as the next commissioner of the OPP, until an investigation into political interference can be completed.
In his place, deputy commissioner Gary Couture will be leading the police service. Acting commissioner Brad Blair asked the courts Friday, to determine if the ombudsman's office has jurisdiction in the matter.
Taverner is a long-time friend of the Ford family. He was to be appointed Monday.
Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath of the NDP said Friday in a media release, "It’s clear that Commissioner (Brad) Blair has recognized an injustice, and committed himself to correcting it so the people of Ontario can continue to have full confidence in the provincial police force."
"I fully support his decision to pursue legal means to ensure that there is a proper investigation into Doug Ford’s appointment of Ron Taverner as OPP Commissioner. The NDP is continuing to pursue all possible avenues to ensure this disturbing case of potential political interference by Doug Ford is investigated, and that Mr. Taverner does not take command of the OPP on Monday,” Horwath continued.
The minister responsible, Sylvia Jones, said in a statement that the government has ``full confidence'' in Taverner, but will respect his wishes until the integrity commissioner has conducted the review.