Mr. Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe
North): It is a day in the province
of Ontario that I don't think we'll ever forget:
the last day that Chief Fantino is chief of
the Toronto Police Service.
I had the honour on Saturday night
of attending the tribute dinner. It was one
of the largest tribute dinners I've seen for
any person, let alone anyone in a law enforcement
agency, in my time in politics. There were stakeholders
there from all different levels of government
in Ontario and, as well, representatives from
international police services.
Chief Fantino had a very, very
distinguished career. I won't go into all the
details of it, because time doesn't allow. Certainly
his response to 9/11 here in the province of
Ontario and the city of Toronto was key, and
in the SARS epidemic in the spring of 2003,
I know how closely he worked with Premier Eves.
He also worked with Premier Eves on the blackout
that hit Ontario and the city of Toronto as
well. He was chief of police, of course, for
York region and for the city of London Police
Service as well.
I just want to say to Chief Fantino
and his family that I wish them all the best.
I thank him for the job he did as chief in the
city of Toronto. But I want to wish him well,
on behalf of John Tory and our caucus, as the
new commissioner of emergency services here
in the province of Ontario.