Toronto Police chief's fishing trip raises questions

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, left, and Toronto Police Services Board member Andy Pringle. (QMI...

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, left, and Toronto Police Services Board member Andy Pringle. (QMI Agency Files)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

TORONTO - Chief Bill Blair paid for the gas.

Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) member Andy Pringle covered the cost of attending an exclusive salmon fishing club on the legendary Kedgwick River in New Brunswick.

The two went fishing on the same salmon waters in the summer of 2012 that have attracted the likes of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Robert Redford and Bing Crosby.

The three-day trip taken by Blair and Pringle, one-time chief of staff for former Ontario PC leader John Tory, saw them travel by car to the private fishing lodge where Pringle is a member.

Councillor Doug Ford wants some answers and says he will proceed with a formal complaint to the board and to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).

“Is it OK for a chief of police to be on holiday with a board member?” he asked.

It is a fair question that has been lost in the controversy flowing from Mayor Rob Ford’s crack-smoking admission.

Councillor Ford is entitled to express his concern and the board, according to regulations, has an obligation to investigate — even with the help of outside counsel, if necessary.

Blair, Pringle and police board chair Alok Mukherjee have repeatedly failed to respond several times to QMI Agency’s questions about the fishing trip.

There have been explanations provided, however, to other media.


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