Toronto Police chief serves Doug Ford with defamation notice

Toronto Police chief serves Doug Ford with defamation notice

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has served Councillor Doug Ford with a notice of defamation, for comments he made earlier this month accusing the chief of leaking news about an investigation involving Mayor Rob Ford.

The councillor was handed the notice by process servers hired by Chief Blair’s lawyers on Monday night, Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said.

“Chief Blair said in his statement that he was prepared to take legal action, and he has,” Mr. Pugash said when approached by the Globe for comment.

He said that Chief Blair is taking legal action personally, and that the action “does not involve taxpayers’ money.”

The chief is asking for a full retraction of his allegations, and for a public apology from the councillor.

The notice of defamation is in regards to comments the councillor made earlier this month, suggesting that the chief had leaked news that the mayor was set to be subpoenaed in the extortion case involving his former friend and driver Alessandro Lisi.

Councillor Ford told media that the news was leaked as “payback,” after the chief’s contract was not renewed.

In response, the chief issued a statement saying “Doug Ford is lying and I am prepared to take legal action.”

Toronto police chief serves Doug Ford with defamation notice - The Globe and Mail
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