Since Patrick Brown stepped down on Jan. 25, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has nosedived into political chaos, with its caucus in a desperate search to reestablish stability ahead of the provincial election in June.
Brown departed his leadership position following unproven allegations of sexual misconduct, totally devastated in the court of public opinion, with his denial drowned out by overwhelming of support for the two women who accused the former leader.
The pair came forward in a CTV News exclusive to give their allegations anonymously, but there has yet to have been any legal action filed against Brown.
Now the PC Party is holding a leadership election to replace the former rising political star and challenge the Liberals and New Democrats in the coming months, with several contenders declaring over the past week.
Doug Ford, former city councilor and brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, announced his candidacy from his mothers basement on Jan. 29, and was the first to declare an intention to run.
On Feb. 1, Christine Elliott announced her candidacy on Twitter with a simple “I’m in!”
Earlier in the day, both CP24 and the CBC reported that Caroline Mulroney has an intention to run, but that has not been confirmed at this time.
More details to follow. Image of PC Party logo from Under Consideration.