Ex-Ontario conservative leader joins race amid allegations
TORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s conservative opposition party is running for his party’s leadership just three weeks after resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations.
The development comes just a few months before an election.
Patrick Brown stepped down after CTV News reported a woman, now 29, said she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex. A different woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s office when he tried to have sex with her at his home in 2013. CTV did not identify the women.
Brown denied the allegations. The first woman has since said she was not in high school and 19 years old when the alleged incident happened.
Brown’s decision comes hours after he was removed from party caucus.