The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he does not believe his chief of staff, Dean French, intervened to have a former Progressive Conservative aide fired at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) -- but says he has not asked.
The Globe's Laura Stone and Karen Howlett write that Mr. Ford said that he does not believe a Globe report about how Mr. French personally reached out to the head of the board at OPG and asked that Alykhan Velshi be removed from the executive role he started this fall.
"I don't believe at all that he did that," said Mr. Ford, flanked by five cabinet ministers. But when asked if he questioned Mr. French about it, Mr. Ford replied: "I haven't yet. Maybe I will."
Mr. Ford's comments come as Mr. French is facing increasing scrutiny at Queen's Park. On Tuesday, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns asked the Ontario Securities Commission to look into the OPG for its firing of Mr. Velshi, who previously worked as chief of staff to former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown.
In a letter to the OSC, Mr. Tabuns said Mr. French's request to OPG board chair Bernard Lord to have Mr. Velshi terminated violates the norms of corporate governance at the energy utility.
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