This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Former Toronto police Chief Bill Blair has announced his decision to seek the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest for the upcoming general election, ending months of speculation and rumors over his political future. During an interview on Sunday morning, Blair revealed the decision only a few hours after his 10-year reign as Toronto’s top cop officially came to an end.
In his remarks, Mr. Blair pointed out that “I spent my entire life in service, service to this community, service to the City of Toronto and to my own neighbourhood, and I wanted to find an opportunity to continue to serve.” He explained that “there are lots of different way to do that – I have volunteered on hospital foundations and with Children’s Aid and Covenant House – but I also wanted to be able to have some influence and impact on the quality of people’s lives and the safety of our communities and the best way to do that is through elected office.”
According to several reports, Mr. Blair was courted by all three federal parties to run in the upcoming federal election, however he chose Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberal party. Explaining his decision to have aligned with the Liberals, Blair alleged that the decision was relatively easy because “the values that he (Trudeau) represents and he speaks of are the ones that really speak to me. The notion of inclusiveness and how we should live together are the values that I have carried through my entire tenure in the service.”