Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown resigns following sexual misconduct allegations

Jan 25 2018, 9:46 pm

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has resigned following sexual misconduct allegations

On Wednesday evening, CTV reported two women had come forward accusing the leader of “graphic sexual misconduct” allegations that date back to when he was a federal MP.

Immediately following the reports, Brown held a brief press conference denying the allegations, but initially didn’t resign.

But early Thursday morning, Brown released a statement saying he has decided to step down.

“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear,” Brown said. “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.”

While his resignation came on Thursday, the majority of Brown’s team had resigned from their positions after the news first broke on Wednesday.

Campaign Manager Andrew Boddington, Chief of Staff Alykhan Velshi, and Deputy Campaign Manager Dan Robertson released a joint statement saying that they resigned shortly after the allegations surfaced.

Nick Bergamini, PC Party Press Secretary, also resigned following the allegations.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who recently sued Patrick Brown over defamation, commended the young women for coming forward with their stories and added that sexual harassment and assault is “never okay”.

In Brown’s resignation, he said that Wynne “repeatedly made reckless decisions and put insiders ahead of the people,” and said that he looks forward to working with his successor.

“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.”

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