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Patrick Brown shows it’s all about him, no matter the collateral damage to Ontario PCs

Patrick Brown shows it’s all about him, no matter the collateral damage to Ontario PCs

Even on his best days, leading in the polls and raising lots of cash and glad-handing with the best of them, it was never entirely clear why Patrick Brown wanted to be leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

He didn’t have a notable interest in the mechanics of the government he was hoping to run after this spring’s election, or any real fundamental differences with the province’s ruling Liberals. He never seemed to have quite grown out of the youth politician he had been, two decades before: the sort with ambition for ambition’s sake, a love of politics as a game with personal advancement the only real objective.

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What Kind of Leader Is Patrick Brown?

The former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader’s response to sexual misconduct allegations should give his defenders pause

Patrick brown still doesn’t get it. The former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader came forward this week to refute the explosive sexual-misconduct allegations that torpedoed his position as presumptive premier of the province. (The provincial election is in June.) In an exclusive Postmedia interview published on Saturday, he called the claims “absolute lies” and said that the situation was “an execution before the trial. It’s frontier justice.” This was followed by a Facebook post on Sunday morning, in which he wrote that “no words can describe the hurt and pain suffered by me and my family.” And that in turn was followed by another Facebook post on Wednesday, in which he added, “Here is my message to my accusers-both of them. If you truly stand by your allegations, then I urge you to contact Barrie Police and have them lay charges.…These types of allegations should be dealt with in a proper and fair forum.”


WALLACE: The case against Patrick Brown’s accusers

Three weeks after toxic sexual misconduct allegations against Patrick Brown first aired on CTV, questions continue to fester about what, if anything, actually transpired between Brown and his two accusers.

Brown has called the allegations against him “lies,” “fictitious and malicious,” and the story a “travesty.”

CTV has countered “Brown’s allegations regarding our reporting are false” and say they are sticking by their story, as have his accusers.


Patrick Brown claims he didn’t resign and is still PC party leader: sources

Sources close to Patrick Brown say he never signed a resignation letter and is still leader of the Ontario PC Party, CityNews has learned.

The sources further claim the party leadership race is invalid and someone in the PC party crafted the resignation letter without Brown’s authorization or signature.

“(Brown) is fighting for everything; he is fighting for his political life and he is not going to give it away,” one of the sources said.

According to the sources, if the PC party goes ahead with the leadership vote on March 10, it could be met with a legal challenge.

The sources also said Brown is being encouraged to take his seat in the chair of leader of the Opposition when the legislature resumes on Feb. 20.

The PC Party is a bad joke. If Brown never signed the resignation letter then a pox on all of them. That said he remains a deceitful individual unworthy of the leadership which he obtained by LYING to party members of various stripes.

Upperdate – What a duplicitous twat – Resignation was sent out ‘without my permission’: Patrick Brown

Update: Now he’s denying the report. My suspicion is that despite the “denial” this was a trial balloon to gauge support for a possible return. Ain’t gonna happen.


Are PC leadership candidates ready to sell Ontarians the harsh medicine they need?

The candidates aiming to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are already putting their own marks on ex-leader Patrick Brown’s platform, “The People’s Guarantee” which was released in November. All of the candidates have come out against a carbon tax, for instance. But in addition, they may wish to keep in mind other developments that have emerged regarding Ontario’s fiscal health and the competitiveness of the Ontario business climate since the original platform was released.

Ford will, the other two seem pretty wishy washy.

h/t MN


Patrick Brown says he is the victim of a ‘fabricated political assassination’

Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says he has proof the sexual misconduct accusations against him – that he plied two women with drinks before advancing on them – are false.

And now one of his accusers has changed part of her story.

“It’s been horrific. It’s like getting hit by a car. You’re in shock,” Brown said in his first televised interview since CTV revealed the explosive allegations that forced him to resign as leader of the Ontario PC Party. “I can’t tell you how difficult the emotional toll has been on myself, on my family, on my friends, to be maligned on national television by absolute lies.”

Sorry but I’m not reading “victim” here. He was a deceitful man who gained the leadership by lying to party members. If he is vindicated by the courts concerning the allegations so be it. He was never deserving of the party leadership.


‘You lied. You defamed me’: Patrick Brown blasts CTV News after sexual misconduct accuser changes timeline

Patrick Brown is blasting CTV News saying, “You lied. You defamed me,” in a Facebook post on Wednesday after the broadcaster reported one of the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct wasn’t underage at the time of the alleged incident.

Brown stepped down as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives on Jan. 25 after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women dating back to when he was a federal MP. Since then, he has vowed to disprove the allegations.


Patrick Brown accusers stand by allegations

OTTAWA — The two women who accused former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown of sexual misconduct are not backing down despite a concerted effort to refute their allegations and discredit them publicly with the help of a hired private investigator.

“I stand absolutely by the truth of what I said to CTV. There is nothing in what Patrick Brown alleges that undermines the core truth of what I have experienced with him,” said the woman who accused Brown of dropping his pants and telling her to perform oral sex in his home about 10 years ago, a claim he denies.

The first accuser said she’s been besieged by vicious comments online, including pictures posted on Twitter in an attempt to reveal her identity.

More… Key accusation against Patrick Brown false, CTV now admits

NB… the Sun headline is a bit overstated

h/t DM


Philip Cross: Ontario’s 50,000 job losses kick off Wynne’s anti-business backfire

Unemployed at Queens Park Toronto

The Canadian jobs market returned to earth with a thud in January, StatCan reported Friday, shedding 88,000 jobs in its worst month since the depths of the recession in 2009. The January drop shows that gushing reports about Canada’s “booming” economy were wildly overstated, ignoring that GDP has been struggling throughout the second half of 2017. GDP growth has slowed from an annual rate of five per cent to less than two per cent as persistent weakness in exports and business investment spread to the housing market.


Sex-ed and other social-conservative hot buttons starting to light up Ontario Tory leadership race

For more than two years, the Ontario Tories have managed to skirt around the kind of social-conservative flashpoints that have brought them little but grief in the past. However, as the party’s leadership race picks up momentum — and a surprise potential fourth candidate — that unofficial moratorium appears to be ending.


Ontario PC leader candidates have their work cut out for them

…Doug Ford is, well, Doug Ford. Larger than life, he was able to pull an astounding, almost 2,000-person strong crowd of supporters within two days of announcing his candidacy. Ford Nation is alive and well. And Ford carries a populist voice which stand in stark contrast to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leftie politics. He appeals to voters who want real change after 15 years of Liberal ineptitude.