Ford on Bill Blair: “If he’s going to arrest me, arrest me.”


Rob Ford is shown with a finger puppet at the University of Toronto in 2010. (Creative Commons)

Rob Ford is shown with a finger puppet at the University of Toronto in 2010. (Creative Commons)

Rob Ford told reporters that he won’t apologize to Chief Bill Blair after calling him a “c—sucker” in a video rant of the mayor speaking Jamaican patois.

He wants Chief Bill Blair to say sorry to the taxpayers instead.

“How much money did it cost the taxpayers for surveillance on me and the planes that he had to rent?” Ford said on Thursday. “How about him chasing me around for five months trying to embarrass me, trying to politicize things?”

The recent tension between Ford and Toronto’s police chief intensified on Thursday at a heated press conference. Ford’s activities are currently under investigation, after police obtained a video of the mayor allegedly smoking crack cocaine.

Ford, however, said that he has nothing to hide from Blair.

“If he’s going to arrest me, arrest me,” Rob Ford said.

In a separate interview, Councillor Doug Ford came to his brother’s side once again. Doug said he wanted the chief to withdraw from the crack video investigation — due to a separate conflict of interest.

In November, Doug Ford called for the chief to take a leave of absence because of the “conflict of interest.” He cites a private fishing trip the chief took with Andy Pringle, a member of the police board.

“Bill Blair should step down from this investigation until the review is done,” Doug Ford said. “I guess the police chief believes he’s above the law here. He is not accountable to anyone.”

Councillor Ford also insinuated that the chief has a connection to mayoral candidate John Tory through Pringle, his former chief of staff.

“Folks, put the dots together. John Tory–Andy Pringle was his chief of staff. They’re good buddies. Andy Pringle, the chief, and John Tory are all good buddies. I find it very, very suspicious, in my opinion, that all the dots are finally connecting, as I said they would. That you have John Tory [and] Andy Pringle, [who] I understand is raising money for John Tory. So there’s another conflict. So Andy Pringle should step down immediately.

In response to this statement, Mark Pugash, a representative of Toronto Police Services said, “We do not respond to personal attacks.”

Chief Blair is currently the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director that stems from Doug Ford’s complaint.

The Ford comments come a day after Blair told reporters that Mayor Ford’s former driver, Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, warned him about “getting hit this weekend.” According to Blair, this incident occurred after saying he was “disappointed” over the crack video last October.

The Toronto Star also reported yesterday that Alok Mukherjee, chair of the police board, said the basis of Doug Ford’s accusation against the chief was based Blair’s comments over the crack video.

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