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Bill Blair is a solid cabinet choice

By Tim Powers      

He is winning fans in all spheres across Ottawa. If he is an uber partisan and small minded, it isn’t obvious.

Giving former Toronto police chief Bill Blair the portfolio of border security and organized crime reduction is meant to give the Liberals some bona fides on safety and security issues, an area in which they’re is seen as vulnerable by his opponents, says Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Apparently serving as Toronto’s chief of police is a good training ground for federal politics and ultimately the federal cabinet. In last 10 years, two former chiefs have gone from locking up the bad guys to making the laws that mete out the punishment. First it was Julian Fantino who served in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. Now it is Bill Blair who serves Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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