Patrick Brown resigned from his post as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party early on Thursday, just hours after denying allegations of sexual misconduct.
Brown held a brief emergency press conference at Queen’s Park shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening in an attempt to get ahead of an exclusive CTV report that showcased sexual harassment allegations from two women that dated back to his days as a federal MP.
“These allegations are false. Every one of them,” Brown said during the minute-long presser.
In a statement announcing his departure, Brown said that while the accusations were “difficult to hear”, his party’s ability to defeat Premier Kathleen Wynne and her ruling provincial Liberal’s 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,” the statement said.
“I will remain on as a [Member of Provincial Parliament] while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations.”
More details to follow. Image of Patrick Brown from 680 News.