Brad Blair

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Brad Blair

Interim Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police
In office
November 3, 2018 – December 16, 2018
Preceded byVince Hawkes
Succeeded byGary J. Couture (interim)
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Windsor, BA (Sociology)
OccupationPolice officer

Bradley W. Blair OOM was a Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, and he served as the Interim Commissioner from November 3 to December 16, 2018.[1] He led the OPP following the retirement of Vince Hawkes in November 2018 and then returned to his original position once Gary J. Couture became the Interim Commissioner on December 17, 2018.[2][3]

He was dismissed by the Conservative government of Doug Ford March 4, 2019.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Blair obtained a sociology degree from the University of Windsor, and he joined the OPP in 1986.[5] He worked his way up from Constable in rural and northern Ontario, serving in detachments including Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Chatham.[6]

Deputy Commissioner and Interim Commissioner[edit]

In December 2013, Blair was named Deputy Commissioner and Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.[6] After the retirement of Commissioner Hawkes in November 2018, Blair became the Interim Commissioner. Blair along with Ron Taverner was a candidate for the permanent job appointment as OPP Commissioner.

After the committee's selection of Ron Taverner as the new OPP Commissioner, Blair submitted a request for the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate concerns regarding the appointment of Ron Taverner as the new OPP Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner (Field Operations) Gary J. Couture was then appointed as the Interim Commissioner. He assumed that role on December 17, 2018, with Blair returning to his previous position as Deputy Commissioner and Provincial Commander for Traffic Safety and Operational Support.[7]

Blair, currently in the position of Deputy Commissioner of the OPP retained controversial, human rights lawyer, Julian Falconer to notify the Premier of his intent to sue based on remarks which Blair feels impugn his character. The remarks relate to Brad Blair's possible failure to maintain the confidentiality of information he obtained as OPP Commissioner, said confidentiality being a legal obligation of all employees of the Province.

On March 4, 2019, the Conservative government of Doug Ford relieved Blair of his position. Blair was fired for releasing confidential OPP information in a letter to the ombudsman, a breach of his oath as the force's deputy commissioner. This is all amid a number of controversies related to Ford's actions, including the appointment of Ford's long-time friend Ron Taverner as OPP Commissioner and the procurement of a specially-appointed vehicle[8] for Ford's use.



  1. ^ "TPS Supt. Ronald Taverner named OPP commissioner". November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "OPP Commissioner announces retirement". September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ronald Taverner Named New Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police". (Press release). November 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Mar 04, Nick Boisvert · CBC News · Posted:; March 4, 2019 11:31 AM ET | Last Updated:. "Ford government fires OPP deputy Brad Blair, critic of Taverner appointment | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ Ipperwash Inquiry
  6. ^ a b Brad Blair – Deputy Commissioner, Traffic Safety and Operational Support
  7. ^ PCs delay controversial appointment of OPP chief while selection is reviewed
  8. ^ Feb 25, Mike Crawley · CBC News · Posted:; February 25, 2019 4:31 PM ET | Last Updated:. "Doug Ford's van customization has $50K price tag, documents show | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
Preceded by
Vince Hawkes
Interim Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police
November 3, 2018 – December 16, 2018
Succeeded by
Gary J. Couture (interim)