Doug Ford makes public apology to Toronto police chief

Ford's retraction of earlier comments comes two days after Blair filed defamation notice against him

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford’s brother has publicly apologized to Toronto’s police chief for comments made earlier this month.

Coun. Doug Ford’s retraction of his comments comes two days after Chief Bill Blair filed a defamation notice against him.

The councillor suggested two weeks ago that Blair helped leak information that police were preparing to subpoena the mayor in an ongoing investigation as “payback,” although he declined to elaborate on what he meant.

At the time, Blair said the councillor was lying and warned he was prepared to take legal action.

Doug Ford says he “personally called” Blair this morning to offer his apology and to take back what he said.

Blair’s legal action against Ford was a personal pursuit and did not involve taxpayer money.