Ford’s problem is police Chief Bill Blair
Leave it to Ford Nation to identify the villain responsible for the problems bedeviling the best mayor in Toronto’s history.
No, it is not Sandro Lisi, or Rob’s buddies from Windsor Rd. or his acquaintances in the apartments on Dixon Rd., where he said the video that does/did not exist could be found.
It is not the city councillors who have worked so assiduously at destroying Ford and his agenda of cutting gravy, advancing law and order and subways, subways, subways.
The real heel is police Chief Bill Blair, says Ford Nation and Brother Doug, who accused Blair of playing politics after he confirmed that police found a copy of the video of Ford allegedly smoking crack in the company of homeys.
This is the same video that Ford insisted did not exist. He has dropped that component of his declarations, but maintains that he cannot comment on a video that does/did not exist.
Ford’s lawyer not only objects to Blair’s outing of the video, but takes exception to Blair saying he is “disappointed” by what he saw on it. The chief is playing judge and jury, said the lawyer, convicting Ford when he’s been charged with nothing.
As for the undercover police investigation of Ford that began in May, after the Star first reported on the video, it is evidence of a vicious campaign to discredit and take down the mayor, according to Ford Nation.
Even Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington, who has rushed to fill the sycophant void left when his colleague Sue-Ann Levy decamped city hall for Queen’s Park, is blaming Blair.
In a video on the Sun website, Warmington questions why Blair launched such intensive surveillance of a mayor guilty only of exuberant drinking, who could have been getting hockey tickets from Lisi during those package pickups at the Esso station.
To anyone with even a pea-sized brain, it is clear that Ford is entangled in a vast conspiracy that extends from dilettantes and pinko councillors to left wing media and now the chief of police.
As much as I accept that theory, it is only fair to at least consider the circumstances from Blair’s point of view. As unlikely as it may be, it is not impossible that his motivations may be different than those identified by Ford Nation.
Blair said his detectives recovered the crack video from a deleted file on Oct. 29, even though they had seized the computer hard drive it was on during a raid last June and had it in their possession ever since.
There’s a slim possibility Blair is telling the truth, and that the cops didn’t know what they had until Oct. 29. It is no less possible than Ford Nation’s claims that it probably isn’t Rob on the video, and if it is, he couldn’t possibly be smoking crack.
Blair is told that officers recovered the infamous video from a deleted file and sees it for himself. And it becomes prime evidence in the extortion charge laid against Lisi for allegedly using threats and
violence to retrieve it last spring, from the people who were trying to sell it to The Star.
Remember, this is the video Ford insisted did not exist, and that reporters who claimed otherwise were pathological liars.
So what does Blair do about it?
Since it is evidence in the extortion charge laid last Thursday against Lisi, it would be much harder to keep it or its contents a secret, which Blair obviously knew.
But what if he tried to keep quiet and not let on that police had a copy, the preferred path for the Ford camp?
Imagine if it leaked out that he was sitting on a copy and keeping it a secret. A different and much larger constituency would be screaming about a coverup by the chief, to keep the heat off the mayor.
He'd soon be out of a job.
Blair understood that whatever he did, a lot of people would be pissed. The percentage play for him was to reveal the existence of the tape, rather than be seen to be covering up for Ford.
That may be infuriating for Ford Nation, but if they are to be believed, Ford will win re-election in a landslide anyway, so no harm done.