Patrick Brown to enter PC leadership race

February 16, 2018 4:03 pm

Multiple sources say that Patrick Brown will enter the leadership race for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, just weeks after resigning from the position due to allegations of sexual misconduct.


Brown was seen dropping off paperwork at party headquarters on Friday afternoon, around two hours before the 5 p.m. deadline for candidates to enter the race.


The former party leader has staunchly denied the allegations of sexual misconduct, which were brought forward by two women in late January.


This week, new information appeared that contradicted several elements of the original allegations, which were first reported by CTV News.


Tanya Granic Allen, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Caroline Mulroney are all vying to replace Brown in an abbreviated leadership race ahead of June’s provincial election.


Brown was elected as PC leader in 2015 after defeating Elliott.


His decision to enter the race also comes just hours after interim leader Vic Fedeli expelled Brown from the party caucus.


To run for the leadership, Brown will also need to be approved by a party committee.


Sources say that Brown will almost certainly be approved.



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