The former Ontario PC leader had reportedly faced threats, and is facing an investigation by the integrity commissioner.
The up and down fortunes of Patrick Brown are down again.
After losing the leadership of the Ontario PC Party in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal (which featured media reports which often didn’t hold up under scrutiny), Brown had been attempting to make a big comeback in the Ontario PC leadership race triggered by his initial exit.
However, in the wake of reports that he is being investigated by the integrity commissioner, and amid reports that he has been receiving death threats, Brown’s comeback attempt has come to an end.
That was confirmed in a Tweet by Ontario PC Party official Hartley Lefton:
Confirming: The Chief Electoral Officer, @OntarioPCParty President and I received a letter a short while ago from @brownbarrie announcing his withdrawal from the #PCPOLdr race. The next Leader of the #PCPO will be @TGranicAllen, @celliottability, @fordnation or @C_Mulroney.
— Hartley Lefton (@hartleylefton) February 26, 2018
Before Brown stepped down, Alise Mills – a spokesperson for his campaign – mentioned that he had received threats:
Yes Patrick and his family have been forced to endure attacks on their character, malicious gossip and threats. This is not news but something that's very painful for the family and for Patrick
— Ms. Alise Mills (@graciestyle) February 26, 2018
Brown was also facing an investigation by the integrity commissioner, in relation to potential financial issues. The request for a review came from PC MPP Randy Hillier.
Before dropping out, Brown’s chances of winning the leadership were hampered by his support of a deeply unpopular carbon tax, something all of his leadership race opponents had pledged to oppose.
READ: Patrick Brown’s resignation statement:
— Patrick Brown (@brownbarrie) February 26, 2018
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