Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Patrick Brown out of Ontario PC leadership race

Patrick Brown out of Ontario PC leadership race Patrick Brown out of Ontario PC leadership race
Lindsey Cook | 02 March, 2018, 07:25

"I want to thank Patrick Brown for making the right decision for himself and the Ontario PC Party", Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli said in a statement.

Out from the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race.

In a statement sent to the PC Party Executive Committee and the Leadership Election Organizing Committee on Monday, Brown cited three reasons for stepping back from the leadership race - to focus on policy, his ongoing battle against sexual allegations cited by CTV, and protecting his family and friends.

He stepped down as Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader hours later.

He is said to be preparing for the next leadership candidate's debate.

Brown added another bombshell Monday to four dizzying weeks of upheaval for the Tories, unexpectedly pulling out of the leadership race launched when he quit the same job in January.

Notwithstanding the questions raised about CTV's reporting of the sexual misconduct allegations, in this time of #metoo, it was inevitable that these allegations would be reported by the media.

"With respect to the false allegations, CTV has now admitted that key elements of their original slanderous story were not true".

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His rivals include former legislative member Christine Elliott, businessman and former municipal politician Doug Ford, lawyer Caroline Mulroney and parents' advocate Tanya Granic Allen.

In one case, CTV alleged, the accuser was in high school some 10 years ago when she and a mutual friend met Brown in a Barrie bar and illegally started feeding her drinks. One woman said Brown asked her to perform oral sex on him when she was inebriated.

On Friday he filed a libel notice for defamation against the media outlet and reporters who broke the story, saying the story was, "false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory".

Windsor West PC candidate Adam Ibrahim, left, with Patrick Brown on Saturday, February 23. The network says the woman, who claimed she was still in high school at the time of the incident, was in fact of legal age.

For now, there no figure was attached to the suit, although there was the standard demand for "a full apology and retraction" from CTV.

Within the statement, Brown also placed a strong emphasis on a hope for the continuation of the "People's Guarantee", the five-point platform aimed at cutting taxes, lowering electricity prices and more.

Online voting for the Tory leadership starts this Friday and continues until March 8 with the victor announced March 10 at the Hilton Markham Convention Centre on Warden Avenue in Markham.

That seems to be a reference to a complaint filed against him by Randy Hillier, a Conservative member of the legislature, alleging various ethical breaches, including traveling with the woman as his girlfriend when she worked at Queen's Park.

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