By Justin Field
Ron Taverner has stepped aside, deciding not to go forward with his appointment as the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Taverners appointment initially sparked controversy when it was announced, as Taverner is a longtime friend and associate of the Ford family.
The Ontario PC government also lowered the qualification requirements for the OPP commissioner in early December, a requirement that Taverners previously did not meet.
The decision by Taverner comes two days after the dismissal of OPP Commissioner Brad Blair, for allegedly revealing confidential information concerning the OPP.
Blair, who has spoken critically of the appointment of Taverner, has made a joint statement with his legal council Thursday morning saying Taverners decision “vindicates” Blairs “unwavering resolve to protect the OPP from political interference”.