Doug Ford says he was 'hands off' when it came to the appointment of a family friend as the new OPP commissioner.
There are calls for an investigation into the selection process which resulted in the hiring of 72 year old Ronald Taverner.
The government has admitted qualifications for the job were lowered to attract a larger pool of applicants.
Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones said the hiring firm in charge of the process to find a new commissioner made the decision to lower the requirements.
Taverner is a unit commander with Toronto Police and is to start his new job December 17th.