Ontario police reforms would ‘completely subvert’ watchdog’s independence, director says

The head of Ontario’s civilian police watchdog has warned the provincial government that its proposed police reforms would “completely subvert” his agency’s independence and open the door to “political interference.”

Tony Loparco, director of the province’s Special Investigations Unit, says Premier Doug Ford’s Bill 68, introduced last month, could “impede the SIU’s future ability to conduct timely and thorough investigations” of potential police wrongdoing.

In a nine-page letter to the the Ontario Legislature’s standing committee on justice policy, which is reviewing the draft legislation, Mr. Loparco calls for changes to the bill’s proposed rewording of the SIU’s mandate, which would restrict the agency to investigating police officers only when an incident “may have resulted from criminal conduct by an official.”


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