Patrick Brown Resigns As Ontario PC Party Leader

Patrick Brown’s staff and party caucus had demanded that he quit his role.

Ontario PC Party Leader Patrick Brown has resigned.

The resignation comes after a series of fast-moving events, which saw Brown accused of sexual misconduct in a news story, lose his senior staff, make a statement denying the allegations, and then resign – all within the space of hours.

It caps a surprising end to Brown’s tenure as PC Leader, which up until now had seen him poised to have a good shot at becoming the next premier of Canada’s largest province.

Brown’s statement can be seen below:

Text of Patrick Brown’s resignation statement:

“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear.

“However, defeating Kathleen Wynne in 2018 is more important than one individual.

“For this reason, after consulting with caucus, friends and family I have decided to step down as Leader of the Ontario PC Party. I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations.

“Over the past three years I have led a major transformation of our party taking it from 12,000 to 200,000 members, fundraised more money than any provincial party in Canadian history, and recruited some of the most qualified and diverse candidates in the history of our party. I have developed a pragmatic and winning campaign platform after a historically comprehensive policy process.

“These important building blocks are essential for defeating Kathleen Wynne this year and her tired government that has repeatedly made reckless decisions and put insiders ahead of the people.

“I’m confident the president of our party and caucus will convene an expedited process to elect my successor who I look forward to working with.”

Brown had initially tried to stay in his role, but after his staff resigned and the PC Caucus called for him to leave, his position became untenable.

Spencer Fernando

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Nancy
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Nancy

Our corrupt news media owned by the corrupt Liberals. We only hear bad things or glitches if anything at all of decent honest people who are trying to do good things for our country. Thank you Patrick Brown for trying, but this corrupt infiltrating Liberal party has a crushing corrupt machine, now we know you are a true Conservative and they crushed you too. We have to get Liberals and Wynne out.

Dave
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if it were true then why wait to just before the election?- to screw the party… sounds liberal to me. The police said that it was serious and obviously the women didn’t think the same I guess… interesting. When a woman gets raped then they report it right away… hmmm… sorry I don’t buy it.

Elizabeth Thorne
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Elizabeth Thorne

Good-he is a liberal.

Ray Decorby
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Ray Decorby

Let’s hope these these very suspect and smelly allegations are dealt with quickly. If shown to be false and politically driven it will only confirm once again; that the left and liberals at all levels of gov’t believe that; ‘The means justify the ends’.

D. Jerome Hauk
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Good chance to replace Wynne as Preem? Seriously? Liberal-Lite and a weak leader. Now if only Scheer could grow a pair…

don morris
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don morris

Brown was not the favorite candidate of the people or the PC caucus. Like our political Parties in B.C., he stacked meetings and signed up candidates who couldn’t even spell “conservative” to defeat the rank and file member’s choice,Christine Elliot.
Now he’s gone and they have until June 7th to find a decent candidate to replace him. Maybe Elliott will take the job,as a woman with a very good CV,she might have a chance against Wynne and the Party of Corruption.

Gibbie
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Gibbie

May I suggest that you read the TEXT rather than listen to what the corporate controlled media is saying? The way I see it is this: he always asked before doing. He was in his bedroom and began to kiss the “no-name” Lady. (It was ONLY kissing.) She felt uncomfortable and asked him to stop. He did. These are her words. Then he drove her home. She didn’t feel too uncomfortable because she accepted the lift. Basically he is guilty of having a life and being male. * When you hide who you are to attack and ruin another person… Read more »

Leigh Mair
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Leigh Mair

Convicted in n the court of public opinion again. Is this what my wonderful country is coming to?