February 21, 2018

Reaction to sexual misconduct allegations against Patrick Brown

26 January 2018, 05:07 | Christie Tate

Ontario Conservative MP Patrick Brown accused of sexual misconduct

The Ontario Conservative Leader Has Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By Two Women

In a statement released early Thursday morning, Brown called the allegations false but says he is resigning after consulting with friends, family and caucus members.

The Progressive Conservatives have a almost unending list of problems to deal with now that Patrick Brown has resigned as of very early Thursday morning, but that's a rather obvious one: his face is plastered on the campaign tour bus they were expecting to drive all over Ontario during the election campaign this spring.

Brown is gonzo, toast, finished after sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by two women.

"It's never OK for anyone to feel they have been a victim of sexual harassment or feel threatened in any way", Brown said.

"As the president of the association, I think 'OK, he's resigned so we look to go forward, '" he says.

He suggested he will sue his accusers: "I know that the court of public opinion moves fast".

One-sixth (15 per cent) said they were more likely to vote Liberal, while just over 1 in 10 (12 per cent) were more likely to vote NDP, while about one-sixth (14 per cent) weren't sure if the allegations will have any effect.

Brown has been the leader of Ontario's Conservatives since 2015, and threatens to beat Kathleen Wynne in June's election.

You see, only months ago the party's primary concern was that voters didn't know enough about Patrick Brown.

Brown hastily summoned news media to Queen's Park on Wednesday night, where he categorically denied the accusations.

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She said women need to be vocal and not allow this culture to continue.

"A party is not made by its leader", Romano said.

Allegations of sexual misconduct rocked Canada's political scene Thursday with the resignation of the sports minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet, just hours after the leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party was forced to quit in the face of separate sexual misconduct charges.

Brown stood alone at a podium during the news conference, walked briskly away without taking questions and left in a waiting vehicle. But it is unclear if that will be the person to lead the party into the election this spring.

"I don't think the success of the Conservatives in our riding has any connection to Patrick Brown so I don't think a change in leadership is going to affect Conservative supporters", Milks said.

Former PostMedia chairman Rod Phillips, another star candidate who could challenge for the leadership but does not now have a seat, issued a statement that said in order for the new leader to receive a clear mandate, that person needs to be chosen through a vote of the party's 200,000-plus members.

Politics aside, Miljan said this incident is part of a bigger picture.

Fournier said people rallied behind Brown, a long-time councillor in Barrie, when he ran for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

The Tory caucus meets Friday to select an interim leader to replace Brown.

"The allegations of sexual misconduct regarding Patrick Brown come as a complete shock to myself and everyone that I work with". "This kind of thing ... sexual misconduct, abuse and harassment can't be tolerated in society today". Obviously, my thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward knowing how hard it can be, to salute them for their courage, and their leadership.

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