Patrick Brown resigns as Ontario PC leader amid sexual misconduct allegations

Aaron Brown
January 29, 2018

Kent Hehr speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, in January 2016, while he was serving as veterans affairs minister.

Patrick Brown announced the decision in a statement issued early Thursday, following a hastily called news conference in which the Progressive Conservative leader "categorically" denied what he called "troubling allegations" about his conduct and his character. "Absolutely", Jones said, adding that the allegations came as a "shock".

As we all know by now, Brown has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.

Hours after Tory MPPs selected Mr. Fedeli as their interim leader to replace Patrick Brown, who resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct, PC Party president Rick Dykstra announced on Friday evening that the party's executive will hold a race to elect a permanent leader by the end of March.

As the World Economic Forum gets underway January 23 in Davos, Switzerland, The Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor and Danielle Paquette talk about what to expect from this year's meeting. Brown even proposed her to join him at a bar that night. "It is. And that's the reality - that's why lots of women don't come forward, especially when it relates to workplace issues, so let's not pretend that we have a justice system that's actually protecting women and making sure that women see justice". "My thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward, knowing how hard it is, it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership", he said. "Recent allegations are extremely serious and should be investigated fully".

"I am very, very comfortable and confident that Vic Fedeli, as the face of our party, as the person who is principled, is a guy who can appeal to many, many people and show that we can actually turn this province around", said Walker.

Brown, who has moved his party to the same political position as the governing Liberals, is hugely unpopular with many social and fiscal conservatives; nonetheless, he was expected to win the next provincial election and become premier.

Mulroney, who was not available for comment, tweeted that "our party is stronger when all of our members across the province have their voices heard about who will lead us into the next election".

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Pressure for Brown to step down mounted quickly late on Wednesday as five of his aides - including his campaign manager, chief of staff and deputy campaign manager resigned. CTV did not identify the women. They were not identified by name.

"This is not about me and it's not about my campaign", she said.

"I'm disgusted and disturbed by these sexual misconduct allegations", Andrea Horwath said in a statement.

Both the women alleged that Brown had ill-treated them. One of the women was in high school more than 10 years ago when, she said, she returned from a bar to Brown's home, where he exposed himself and demanded oral sex.

At that caucus, a beaming Fedeli, 61, said he was grateful for the support of caucus mates, who cheered and chanted: "Vic-Tory, Vic-Tory".

"As a woman, these kinds of things happen to you", she said. I've got two younger sisters who are my best friends.

She told Brown that she had a boyfriend and he must drop her at her house.

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