April 27, 2015

Bill Blair admits he is a Liberal

Brian LilleyArchive

Toronto's former top cop is finally admitting what anyone who watched his tenure as police chief already knew, he's a Liberal, but now Blair is actually seeking elected office.

The Toronto Star confirmed the long rumoured move to politics for Blair on Saturday. 

On Sunday Blair was already campaigning at a Sikh New Year's event in Toronto.

Blair is seeking the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest, facing off against former CTV anchor Tim Weber. That seat is currently held by New Democrat Dan Harris who first won the riding in 2011.

In that election the Liberals came in third behind the NDP and Conservatives.

The Star reports that Blair will try to use his police experience to win the seat, running against the Conservative tough on crime policies.

“I know the issues that confront our citizens. I know a lot about public safety and national security, issues of drug policy and a lot of things about social justice, because that’s what it means to be a public servant in the city of Toronto,” he said.

Although Blair said he had “respectful conversations with everybody,” he chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.”

Blair's last day as Toronto police chief was on Friday.


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commented 2015-04-28 14:04:22 -0400
Yes I did.
commented 2015-04-28 05:53:01 -0400
Yet while many were pointing out that fact while he was still on the job, all those on the left, and the mainstream media denied it, and vilifying anyone who dared to bring it up. He always brushed it off when challenged on it, but now the truth is revealed. It just goes to prove once again, that Liberals are liars, and can not be trusted to tell the truth. To a Liberal, the ends always justify the means. Now we see the truth behind his relentless persecution of Rob Ford, his irrational attack on gun owners, and his one sided approach to law enforcement while on the job.
commented 2015-04-27 17:41:39 -0400
So now he wants to join the “UNTOUCHABLES” How fitting.
commented 2015-04-27 16:11:18 -0400
No surprise.
commented 2015-04-27 15:32:54 -0400
This is news because Liberals have an agenda for Canada. I don’t like that agenda. Their agenda leads Canada downwards. Thanks for that report.
commented 2015-04-27 15:09:26 -0400
Top cops are politicians first and foremost. That is how they climb the ladder to get within striking distance of going for the top job in the first place. Explains the pro long gun registry BS they constantly spew across Canada as chiefs of police which is completely divorced from reality but a big Liberal vote getter among uninformed Liberal voting city dwellers.
Let’s hope Shiny Pony has promised Blair a big job.
commented 2015-04-27 14:56:30 -0400
Bill Blair thought of himself as the “Elliot Ness” of gun control. He was the enforcer for the Liberal party of Canada in this regard. A city police chief pretending he was a federal agent, enforcing federal laws for his federal political masters. So of course he is and always was a federal Liberal, promoting their ideology and enforcing their totalitarian gun laws. He would use gang busting tactics and SWAT teams to swoop down on unsuspecting gun owners who had forgotten to renew their federal gun licenses, seizing their guns. Not sure if he jailed the owners but if he did not, I am sure he would have liked to. This was his idea of justice, going after non-threatening, non-violent gun owners. Easy targets to make himself look tough and to promote gun registration with his long term goal and ambition to become a federal politician so he could cash in on another gold plated pension plan.
commented 2015-04-27 14:45:41 -0400
“Admits” he’s a liberal?
Isn’t that a bit like “admitting” you’re Presbyterian? Or right handed? Or Aries? This is news because…??
commented 2015-04-27 13:45:35 -0400
No wonder that fraud and corruption are rampant in the Ontario Liberal government! (This is an opinion!)
commented 2015-04-27 13:03:26 -0400
” he chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.” . . . in other words “NONE” !

Blair was a poor excuse for a police chief . . . he will be just another poor excuse for a lieberal MP . . . but will fit in well with the likes of Justin of the incredible hair and the re-patriated Freeland . . . the folks in TO just luv their mediocrity !
commented 2015-04-27 12:39:01 -0400
no kidding. He. Should have been fired a long time ago. Love to know how a surveillance video got into the Stars hands?
Between creeps like Blair and unions will we ever see a Conservative Ontario government??? This isn’t democracy!
commented 2015-04-27 12:08:26 -0400
OMG! Did NOT see this coming.
commented 2015-04-27 11:14:12 -0400
Of course he’s a Liberal. Govt employee must be Liberal for promotion as the unions have made it a pre-requisite in their union contracts :)) The hilarious irony is that even a Liberal Canadian cannot be elected in a true socialist riding like the one he’s running in.
commented 2015-04-27 10:32:39 -0400
Correction – my previous comment. “would be like an old ‘shoe’ for Blair”
commented 2015-04-27 10:20:29 -0400
Is he just padding his pension ? He will now get an Ontario pension for being a retired police chief (I’m sure compared to most, it will be a big one). If I am wrong please let me know, but it is my understanding that If he gets another Provincial job, that in effect suspends or certainly restricts the amount of Ontario pension he would receive. If he becomes a Federal MP would he not be eligible for a ‘Federal’ pension after 6 years ? I don’t believe that Federal pension would not cut into his Provincial pension, therefore doubling his public paid retirement money. Most people would love to have one half decent pension let alone two.
commented 2015-04-27 09:51:37 -0400
“..chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.””

Absolutely true. The “values” of the Liberal Party would be like an old show for Blair – a comfortable and familiar fit. Backstabbing, rewarding sycophancy over merit, passing the buck, finger-pointing; in other words, the acquisition and retention of power at all costs. Been there, done that, eh Bill?
commented 2015-04-27 09:43:37 -0400
commented 2015-04-27 09:34:33 -0400
The worst Police Chief in the history of the city!!! Escalating gang violence and the resulting public shootouts, the inaction during the Tamil protests and the Occupy protests to the detriment of law-abiding citizens, the ignoring of public safety during the anarchist rampage of the G20 protests (was he the only police official in North America who did not see clips of what happened during previous meetings?) and the subsequent maltreatment of law-abiding citizens are just a sample of his utter incompetence that needs to be communicated to the electorate. However, he is planning to run in an NDP-held riding where all of the above is probably considered heroic by the sushi-socialists.
commented 2015-04-27 09:26:10 -0400
His history will work both for him and against him. I don’t think his history will allow him to sneak anything by the rest of us. He is political minded enough to know not to push his luck. Not all Liberals are stupid. There is a rift between them.
commented 2015-04-27 09:14:21 -0400
Cops and unions and liberals. It’s just about pulverizing the taxpayer and overpaying cops.

“…he chose the Liberals because the party’s “values most closely fit with my own.” …” Yep Bill – it’s called extortion money – or “union negotiating” as the MSM reports it. Hope you lose badly Bill – there’s enough of your kind out there already.
commented 2015-04-27 09:11:30 -0400
People should also be reminded of the absolute travisty of justice that this man put upon Rob Ford. He targeted him, with the liberal government’s authorization, by following him with helicopters and police. In the end, THERE WERE NO CHARGES LAID. He is a despicable man.
commented 2015-04-27 08:32:03 -0400
Donald – “You cannot become the chief of any large police organization without being highly political and calculating.”

True, but there is a difference between being political for the position of police chief and being political for a specific party. Most people objected to his being political for a specific party. Well, many right wing people objected. Lieberals were fine with it.
commented 2015-04-27 08:22:52 -0400
“Bill Blair admits he is a Liberal”

No one on the right was shocked at this. While as top cop he was obviously Liberal as everything he did was oriented to the Liberals. I guess it is good of him to finally admit it though.
commented 2015-04-27 08:19:38 -0400
You cannot become the chief of any large police organization without being highly political and calculating.People like Blair and Fantino have honed their political skills and clout within these organizations from the beginning of their careers. They like the power and prestige of the offices they hold, and when it comes time to retire they cannot deal with the “boredom” of retirement. I don’t believe enforcers and administrators of laws are particularly well suited to making and legislating laws and policy. Blair should just fade away and lets hope the public doesn’t back him in his bid for office.
commented 2015-04-27 08:02:22 -0400
What a shocker!!! Wasn’t it the OPP “union” that paid for the advertising to help put the ole Wynne in a majority well the majority of toronto. Can’t hide the truth.
commented 2015-04-27 07:58:26 -0400
Well color me shocked and Kettle me in a corner,Never would have guessed it.
commented 2015-04-27 07:56:39 -0400
Brown Shirt Billy will be reminded of his G-20 fiasco. Trudolt will see him as another Star Candidate and the nomination fix is in. Another riding that won’t go Liberal
commented 2015-04-27 07:31:13 -0400
Good God help us if Blair, with his blatant biases and willingness to misuse public funds to launch a witch hunt against a political opponent, should win.