WATCH: EXCLUSIVE: OPP commissioner speaks to overseeing Ford investigation

Provincial police assume oversight role in Project Brazen 2

Blair made request for OPP to watch over the investigation
CTV News

The OPP is overseeing the police investigation dubbed Project Brazen 2 looking into Mayor Rob Ford and his associates. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair made the request on Wednesday.

Newstalk 1010 spoke exclusively with OPP commissioner Chris Lewis when the news broke, as he was one his way to testify at a committee at Queen's Park.

Lewis says Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair's explanation to him made complete sense, explaining Blair wanted the public to be confident in the outcome of the investigation.

In a statement, Blair says "I am taking this step to avoid the distractions that have assumed such recent prominence. The only public interest here is the continued investigation, without fear or favour, into evidence of possible criminality."

Lewis explains to Newstalk 1010 that Toronto police officers will still be investigating just reporting up the OPP food chain instead of Blair. An inspector from the OPP's major crimes unit will be overseeing things directly.

He says the OPP may bring in other officers down the line but that's not the plan right now.

Lewis says he's not concerned about any political distractions, pointing to being involved in other government investigations. He says it's an investigation involving a mayor he has nothing to do with.

Last week, the Mayor's brother Doug Ford alleged that Blair was part of a conspiracy to help mayoral candidate John Tory.

The police chief has denied allegations that the investigation is political.

Project Brazen 2 is the investigation into the Mayor that grew out of Project Traveller, a year long guns and drugs investigation.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/05/2014 12:43 PM
    This should have been done from the beginning and it's entirely Blair's fault for creating the mess with the Mayor. He should have known better regarding the conflict of interest.

    Hopefully now Adam Vaughan will shut the hell up.
    1. frankie posted on 03/05/2014 12:48 PM
      @Frankie Will they also deploy helicopters in foreign countries, months-long tails replete with full video coverage of trash disposal (!!!!), or, will the empty handed investigation be scaled back? What is the plan?
    2. dama posted on 03/05/2014 02:07 PM
      @Frankie 100% agree with you... too late for Chief Blair to pass this to OPP

      "public confidence has eroded with Blair;s handling of G20 and now this..
      He will be gone once Rob Ford gets re-elected and thats what the underdog wants
  2. enough! posted on 03/05/2014 12:43 PM
    Ford can BS all he wants about the upcoming election but i still say he won't make to Oct. He will face charges before that. the more the better keeping their eyes on this petty criminal and the ongoing investigation. Blair is a true professional. we are lucky to have someone of his credibility as our chief of police
    1. dama posted on 03/05/2014 02:10 PM
      @enough! You have said enough ..

      Rob Ford will make it to Oct 27.. even if there is a charge, he is innocent
      until proven guilty and the case will not go to trial till years later..

      Wil Rob Ford win if there is a charge., that's another story..given the video that the police have and after all these months, I dont think there will be a charge..

      Charge for pee-ing in he bush ?
    2. Stephen posted on 03/05/2014 02:21 PM
      @enough! This would not be escalated to this level unless there is something worth pursuing. They cannot be too far from charges for this to be passed on to the OPP. I cannot believe the OPP would take this on unless there is something serious.
  3. AC posted on 03/05/2014 12:53 PM
    I say a week before Drug Ford starts complaining how the OPP is in the pockets of John Tory and the elites and that they have an agenda. i bet i'm not far off.
    We shouldn't expect anything else from that sociopath
    1. Frankie posted on 03/05/2014 01:03 PM
      @AC The conflict of interest was there from day one for all but the blind to see. This is the way it should have been handled all along and Blair should be brought to task for not doing this from the start.
  4. Michael Irvine posted on 03/05/2014 02:43 PM
    Ford Nation is beyond help. They are in the stratosphere of crazy. Project Brazen has been going on for a year before John Tory announced he was running for Mayor.

    If the Etobicrack mad house crowd, who hang on every word Slug Ford has to say like a booger hangs on the end of Pinocchio's nose, think Tory has been conspiring with Blair along the better show some evidence.
    1. Frankie posted on 03/05/2014 04:02 PM
      @Michael Irvine It would appear you're beyond help. Tory has nothing to do with this conflict of interest. Ford is Mayor and Blair is under him. That is the conflict that Blair, if he acted properly, should have excused himself and gotten another force to oversee the issue.
    2. AC posted on 03/05/2014 04:39 PM
      @Frankie Blair is not under Ford you goof.
      Blair reports only to the police services board
    3. AC posted on 03/05/2014 05:22 PM
      @AC Everyone is a goof, or an idiot. It doesn't matter to me which is which. I even think that I may be an idiot., or maybe a goof or maybe both. I think I like being an idiot better.
  5. frankie posted on 03/05/2014 06:04 PM
    Same officers, same investigations, same loyalties. I think we need a finer definition of conflict of interest. In this case, it means disinterested police, ie another police force. The OPP have already shown poor judgment here. Charge or wrap it up!!! No more helicopters, trash-bin scenarios involving mere "trash", etc.
  6. macduff1987 posted on 03/05/2014 08:07 PM
    @frankie: what unmitigated nonsense. 'charge or wrap it up?' really? your impatience notwithstanding, the TPS will lay charges if and when ready, and not a moment sooner. this is an ongoing criminal investigation for a reason.
  7. Fact Provider posted on 03/06/2014 05:32 AM
    The bringing in of the OPP guarantees that this investigation is about to explode in Ford's (perhaps both Fords) face(s) and it will be huge.
    The timing of it remains to be seen, but my guess is that it will all come crashing down sooner rather than later. Best estimate - May or June.
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