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Should Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair step aside?

Toronto city councillor Doug Ford.

For Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, city councillor Doug Ford, the best defence is a good offence.

Doug Ford took to the radio airwaves Tuesday morning launching an attack against Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, and calling on him to step aside.

"I think there needs to be a probe ... I am asking for the police chief to step aside temporarily until this probe takes place," the elder Ford said in an interview on 680News. "There's obviously a lot of politics, in my opinion, being played here with the police chief — his comments, in his actions. I've never seen that before from a police chief."

The Fords are upset that Blair said he was "disappointed" during a press conference last week after revealing that Toronto Police obtained the video that purportedly shows the Toronto mayor smoking crack cocaine.

"As a citizen of Toronto I'm disappointed," Blair said at the time. "This is a traumatic issue for the citizens of this city and for the reputation of this city and that concerns me."

"He believes with his comments, he's going to be the judge, jury and executioner of the mayor," Doug Ford said this morning. "[He] should not be making comments about this as he is wearing the police chief's uniform."


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But Ford didn't stop there. He also demanded that Andy Pringle, a member of the Police Services Board, also resign immediately. Pringle is formerly John Tory's chief of staff and a former fundraiser for Ontario's PC party. Tory has hinted at a possible run for the mayoralty in next year's municipal election.

"I would like to see Andy Pringle step down because he's biased, in my opinion," Doug Ford said in an interview with Newstalk 1010.

Clearly the Fords are not going to take calls to resign in light of the latest allegations lying down, and they're planning to fight it out.

So we ask you: Does Doug Ford have a valid point, and should Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair step aside during the ongoing investigation?

Have your say in the comments area below.

(Photo courtesy CBC)