Sudbury candidate backs Brown's leadership bid


Speaking to reporters on Friday evening, Brown declined to clarify his current status with the party, only saying "I'm running for the leadership".

The Ontario Liberals are dismissing former Tory leader Patrick Brown's suggestion that his political adversaries may have been behind the sexual misconduct allegations that forced his resignation and threw his party into turmoil.

Parks, seeking to unseat Liberal Michael Gravelle in Thunder Bay-Superior North, backed Brown wholeheartedly during his successful leadership bid to replace Tim Hudak after the 2014 provincial election.

"It was she who tried to kiss me, while the woman I was seeing was in another room", Brown said in his Facebook post.

There were two reports published on Thursday citing sources who said that Brown believes he never actually resigned as leader of the PC party, though he did take to Twitter to distance himself from the reports.

The accused had said Brown had forced on her when she visited the then PC leader's bedroom.

In Thursday's televised debate, Granic Allen, 37, slammed Brown's past flip-flop on "radical sex ed", repeatedly raising the spectre of "anal sex in the classroom" as she attempted to set herself apart from her leadership rivals, including former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and lawyer Caroline Mulroney.

Mr. Brown said during the Global News interview that he resisted his colleagues' calls to resign, saying he was of the opinion that he should insist on meeting with members of his caucus in person.

In the days following Brown's departure, interim Tory leader Vic Fedeli vowed to "root out the rot" within the party ranks.

Mikaela Patterson
Sudbury candidate backs Brown's leadership bid

"He kind of shut the door on me and started making moves", the woman told CTV News.

Brown also alluded on Facebook to his "immediate future". His interim successor Vic Fedeli nearly immediately revealed that despite Brown's boasts just a couple of weeks earlier that the Tories had 200,000 paid-up members, the actual number was 133,000 and they weren't done investigating. "So the grassroots members may very well turn on the party elites and try and send in Patrick Brown", he said. The first woman has since said she was not in high school and 19 years old when the alleged incident happened a decade ago. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown's constituency office when he sexually assaulted her at his home, CTV reported.

Brown's former girl friend Mikaela Patterson, in an interview with CBC News, has rubbished allegations made by one of the two accusers, media reports said. "This is a distraction, Ontario deserves better".

Most dramatic was a claim he made on Global Thursday - the day of the first leadership debate - that he had not officially quit, his staff having issued a letter of resignation January 24 without his permission.

The party membership wants their party back.

John Mykytyshyn, a PC activist and consultant, agreed events of the last week have appeared at times like "Canada's greatest reality show".

The NDP's largest-ever policy convention comes to Ottawa this weekend as delegates grapple with the party's response to recent harassment allegations levelled at an MP and former MP.

Reid isn't the only federal politician to weigh in on today's news.

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