Doug Ford retreats in Bill Blair war of words

Toronto Coun. Doug Ford questions Police Chief Bill Blair during a budget committee meeting at City...

Toronto Coun. Doug Ford questions Police Chief Bill Blair during a budget committee meeting at City Hall on Dec. 11, 2013. (QMI Agency files)

, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

TORONTO - Doug Ford has throttled back his “payback” comments about Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

“It just gets heated some times and, to be frank, I wish it didn’t even happen to be honest with you,” Ford told the Sun in an exclusive interview on Saturday. “Everything gets heated down there and everyone gets a little rambunctious - I’m just as bad as anyone else.

“I just want to wish the chief all the best moving forward. He’s leaving, I’m leaving, so I think we should leave on good terms.”

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is threatening legal action against Councillor Doug Ford.

Blair made the statement through a police spokesman shortly after Ford questioned why news that Mayor Rob Ford was about to be served with a subpoena in Alexander “Sandro” Lisi’s extortion trial had become public. Ford went on to insist the leak was “payback.”

In response to Ford’s comments, Blair issued a blunt statement.

“Doug Ford is lying and I’m prepared to take legal action,” Blair said in the statement provided by police spokesman Mark Pugash.

When contacted about Blair’s statement, Ford stuck to his comments.

“It’s my opinion,” Ford told the Sun. “I’m entitled to my opinion.”

Mayor Ford refused to speak about the war of words between his brother and the city’s top cop.


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