"The fact that the interim leader made a decision to kick him out of caucus three weeks after all this came and after CTV recanted the most serious allegations of underage girls and drinking.to me indicates that there's a bigger power play going on right now to ensure Patrick Brown is unable to run", Parks said. On Tuesday, the timeline of one of the women's allegations, first reported by CTV News on January 24, was changed.
Before the break, Patrick Brown was in the front row of the opposition benches, seemingly as the premier in waiting; now he's gone as leader of the Ontario PC Party and gone as a member of the PC caucus.
On Tuesday, Brown warned his supporters to brace for more attacks, saying a small group of party "insiders" were trying to derail his leadership bid.
Interim Tory leader Vic Fedeli, who has vowed to clean up the party and "root out the rot", refrained Tuesday from commenting on whether Brown should be pushed out of the leadership race.
On Friday, the Progressive Conservative Party booted Brown from caucus, but Parks denies that his endorsement represents an affront to the party's vision.
On Tuesday, she said that she was not in high school or under the legal drinking age. "To be shunned as an outcast from a party I love over fabricated new reports, it hit my like a ton of bricks", he said. We welcome the opportunity to defend our journalism in court.
Butt added while these particular elements can fade over time, the allegations of sexual misconduct remain an integral part of the core story.
"The two women have reiterated their allegations of sexual misconduct by Patrick Brown".
Brown's entry into the leadership race threatens to overshadow his opponents - Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto councillor Doug Ford, former Tory legislator Christine Elliott and social conservative activist Tanya Granic Allen.
Only a few months ahead of an election, they lack a permanent leader and a platform. Tory members will select a new leader on March 10.
Brown, who is also facing allegations of corruption from his own party, is not expected to attend the legislature's opening session today.
Brown also defended himself against accusations that party membership numbers had been exaggerated. Other party officials have not indicated any plan to unseat him, while they have overturned the nominations of two PC candidates in Scarborough Centre and Ottawa West-Nepean.