Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

A look at the events of the Patrick Brown saga in Ontario

Patrick Brown leaves the Ontario PC Party headquarters in Toronto on Tuesday Feb. 20 2018.
Chris Young  
THE CANADIAN PRESS Patrick Brown leaves the Ontario PC Party headquarters in Toronto on Tuesday Feb. 20 2018. Chris Young THE CANADIAN PRESS
Nellie Chapman | 02 March, 2018, 07:27

Brown tweeted last evening that he was dropping out of the race because he says that his family and friends are being targeted by his political foes and the big, bad media.

Former PC Party leader Patrick Brown has abandoned a comeback attempt to lead the party.

Fedeli said Monday that Brown made "the right decision for himself and the Ontario PC Party" in dropping out. His departure plunged the party into chaos and triggered a leadership race just months before a provincial election. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015.

In January, Brown resigned from his position as Ontario PC Party leader, denying sexual assault allegations that were brought to light in a CTV News article.

February 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him.

There are four candidates remaining in the race: Lawyer Caroline Mulroney, ex-MPP Christine Elliott, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen.

The Simcoe North MPP, who now sits as an independent after being ejected from the Tory caucus, called on CTV to retract and apologize for "false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory" stories that accused him of improprieties involving inebriated teens while he was sober. For example, CTV originally reported that one woman accusing him met Brown in a bar when she was underage, which the CTV now says is wrong.

Earlier this month, Brown stated through Facebook that he intends to sue CTV.

Some 20 nominated Tory candidates and three sitting MPPs - Toby Barrett, Rick Nicholls, and Ross Romano - backed Brown's latest leadership bid.

"Political adversaries, collaborating with the media through an endless supply of rumours and innuendo, will stop at nothing to preserve their own self-interests as long as I am in the race", he said.

Brown has decided instead to focus on holding CTV accountable for "lack of journalistic accountability", protecting family and friends from the scandal, and remaining active in the conservative movement as a volunteer, donor, and activist.

Brown is asking for an apology and a retraction.

Brown also noted that while he entered the race to "finish the job" and stand up to those who wanted him gone, the move has distracted Tories from the goal of beating Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government. Party members will select a new leader on March 10, and the next provincial election will take place on June 7.

The Honourable J. David Wake said the inquiry comes at the request of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MPP Randy Hillier.