Senior OPPA leadership implicated in scandal removed from board

TORONTO—Delegates at the Ontario Provincial Police Association spring board meeting have voted unanimously to remove the former OPPA President James Christie and vice-president Martin Bain from the board of directors of the corporation following a fraud scandal that has rocked the OPPA.

The fired union officials, who voluntarily stepped aside from their OPPA roles in the immediate aftermath of a police raid on offices, homes and vehicles, and the former CAO Walsh, who was fired from his position with the union, were the subject of allegation contained in the search warrant used in the searches. Those unproven allegations included theft, breach of trust, fraud and laundering the proceeds of crime. All three have been suspended from the OPP indefinitely with pay, but no charges have as yet been laid.

At the spring board meeting, the delegates voted unanimously “to remove James Christie from the Board of Directors of the Corporation (OPPA), pursuant to Bylaw No. 3, section 1(d); and “to remove Martin Bain from the Board of Directors of the Corporation (OPPA), pursuant to ByLaw No. 3, section 1(d).” Both motions were passed unanimously.