OPP commissioner Vince Hawkes lays down the law about attack ads

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes in a 2010 photo. (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes in a 2010 photo. (QMI AGENCY PHOTO)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes says footage used in an OPPA attack ad against Tory leader Tim Hudak was improper and not permissible.

The commissioner said he outlined his concerns personally Thursday to Jim Christie, president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association. He also issued a directive about the issue to 8,000 OPP officers.

“I did meet with Jim Christie and discussed the memo I sent internally — (regarding) members involved in political activity — and that he does not have permission to use OPP images for any political agenda,” said Hawkes. “The OPP footage used was from another joint project that was authorized for that purpose only.”

The OPPA has released a video — one that is critical of Hudak — which includes images of a uniformed OPP officer.

 


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