Hail to the Chief: Mayor Rob Ford

- May 21st, 2012

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair at City Hall on Friday (Photo by Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)

Talk about standing by your man.

Mayor Rob Ford came out in full support of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Sunday.

Blair was under fire again last week as another report came out criticizing the police response to the G20 summit back in 2010. The chief was at the Toronto Police Services Board Friday asking permission to charge a handful of officers under the Police Services Act for alleged conduct during the G20 (story here).

Ford hasn’t talked much about the G20 since he came to office so his unprompted and enthusiastic support of the chief is interesting. The mayoral shout-out came in the last minutes of Ford’s Sunday radio show on NEWSTALK 1010.

“I just want to tell our chief of police Bill Blair, keep your head up,” Ford told his listeners. “He’s going through some rough times right now with this G20 stuff and I think he is taking an unfair rap if you ask me.”

The mayor added Blair should “hang in there.”

“You’ll be OK,” Ford said.

Councillor Doug Ford also voiced his support for Blair.

“Chief, keep going, you’re a great chief,” Ford said.

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4 comments

  1. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    If every time one has to have a “criminal check” for a job or position……..and it cost’s the individual
    $25.00 or thereabouts………why do we still have criminals in society? OR……. the other question
    is ……is every citizen a criminal so they require a “criminal check”, yet I have read in the Federal
    Government positions there have been some pretty nasty incidents, and yet their positions are
    still secure as is policing positions. So my questions is……if your a government employee…..and
    there is a “incident” of wrong doing of the individual….a)they just relocate to another position;b)retire from their job and do not incur any punishment or c)the incident fades into the sunset…never to be heard or discussed again? Eg: The Ornge incident…..but that is still a work in progress.
    Where does all the $25.00 that one pays from individuals end up? The police still receives increases in salaries and the expenditure of gas and oil must be quite excessive as they “serve and protect” the public. Just as the “Chief of Police” is similiar to the “CEO” one still has to be accountable……one would think.

  2. JANE DOE says:

    my 76 year old father was harassed and bullied by the police …Mayor Ford, I support you ….but you are way out of line on this incompetent man who should be fired…..He acts like an union cheerleader, and has no management skills…..He should be fired..

  3. Dave says:

    Perhaps the reason why Ford is supporting Blair is because there is far more to the story. None of the media seem very concerned with the fact that the Toronto Police have been railroaded in the post G20 reports, yet nobody else has been touched. 8000+ non-Toronto cops working the G20, the feds, the province, the military. Yet the only ones who seem to be getting blasted over and over and over again seem to be the Toronto cops. It is hard for somebody with a few ounces of common sense to accept this at face value. Such outrageous violations of human rights abuses, wrongful arrests, abuse of power, etc and they are all limited to people who wear one patch on their arm? I don’t buy that for a second. I don’t see how rational, intelligent people can view this and not have more questions than conclusions. There is obviously so much we are not being told, and I am not referencing Bill Blair and the Toronto Police.

    Just a year earlier the Toronto Police dealt with the Tamil community protests in a very non controntational way. It was the complete opposite of what we saw at the G20. The Toronto Police have seen some pretty hairy protests in this city too, thinking specifically about the Queens Park riots in 2000. We saw none of what we saw at the G20. Are we to just believe that they changed their style of dealing with protestors and utilized tactics and behavior we have never seen from them before? Something is fishy here and I’d like to find out what. Because these post G20 reports are giving us some of the truth and seem to be omitting things.

    I have a feeling Blair and Ford have had some closed door discussions and Blair has had a chance to explain himself. Perhaps Blair is waiting for when he is under oath at a public inquiry before he reveals the rest of the story to us. Because we are clearly not getting all of it.

  4. Vaughan says:

    Maybe I saw something different than everyone else during the G20. As I recall on the first day the police were prepared for and acting in a manner related to most demonstrations. They were not expecting the radicals and their actions. When all hell broke loose they maintained their first responsibility which was the security and protection of the summit and the people involved. Over night they re-grouped and prepared for a more controlled response. I also remember warnings given by the police to the general public via news releases to stay away from the areas of possible conflict as they could get caught up in the actions. That said it is difficult under these conditions to get everything always right and mistakes do happen. We are all human. I find it strange that such a long time has past and we are still allowing the pursection of the police to occur and nothing has been done or said about the people who caused these problems or got in the way of police trying to regain public order.
    The silent majority should be ashamed of them selves for not showing support for those who stand on guard for them!!!!!!

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