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:
Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown: https://t.co/o5Q1re64VU
— Ontario PC (@OntarioPCParty) January 25, 2018
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.
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