Ontario Opposition Call on Doug Ford to Address Allegations His Chief of Staff Interfered With Police

Article by Paola Loriggio, Globe and Mail

Ontario opposition call on Ford to address allegations his chief of staff interfered with police PAOLA LORIGGIO TORONTO THE CANADIAN PRESS Dean French (centre) chief of staff for Doug Ford, listens to the Ontario Premier, pictured on a monitor, speak at the Ontario PC Convention in Toronto, on Nov. 16, 2018. CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s opposition parties are calling on Premier Doug Ford to address allegations that his chief of staff sought to interfere in police investigations into illegal cannabis dispensaries.

A Toronto Star report published Tuesday alleges that Dean French unsuccessfully ordered senior political aides to instruct police to raid dispensaries the day recreational cannabis became legal.

The report, which cites unnamed sources, says the order was issued in conference calls on Oct. 17 but was rebuffed by staff in the offices of the community safety minister and attorney general.

Ford was asked about the allegations during question period Wednesday but would not comment directly on them, nor would he say whether he had spoken to French about them.

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