Thursday, July 31st Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 7/31/2014 6:35:00 AM

Bill Blair

There should be no tag days for Bill Blair when his contract as Chief of the Toronto Police Service expires in April of next year.  He is too smart, too connected to sit in retirement for long.   The chair of the Police Services Board Alok Mukarjee can spin this anyway he wants but it's clear to me that some of Blair's allies on the board abandoned him.

There is no way that he would have ever asked for a third five-year term had he known that the votes weren't there.   So what happened?  I'm not sure yet but I've been told that Blair was surprised and disappointed.  At the same time this was probably the right decision.  After a 10-year run as chief, it’s time for new leadership at the top especially in the wake of the report on the 84 ways police need to change the way ...