Eli Ridder | The Post
Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown was approved on Wednesday to run in the party’s leadership race in an attempt to win his old position back.
Mr. Brown resigned over anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct from teenage females on Jan. 25 and was kicked from the PC caucus last Friday just hours before he filed campaign documents.
The PC’s nomination committee approved his entry in the race with a 3-2 vote after an over four-hour meeting at the Albany Club in downtown Toronto, according to local media.
Brown, 29, will be vying for the top spot against ex-Member of Provincial Parliament and past leadership rival Christine Elliott, former Toronto councillor Doug Ford, newcomer Caroline Mulroney and grassroots-touting Tanya Granic Allen.
Complaints over Brown are not just limited to the contentious allegations, which have not been filed in a court of law.
PC legislator Randy Hillier filed a complaint on Tuesday with Ontario’s integrity commissioner over Brown’s personal finances, which are detailed in the annual public filing all members of the legislature must make.
Hillier’s complaint questions how Brown, a bachelor, could afford a $1.72 million mortgage on a $2.3 million Lake Simcoe waterfront home and who paid for his international travel with his girlfriend, an ex-intern.
The complaint accuses Brown of failing to reporting all sources of income and gifts received, a violation of the Members’ Integrity Act, according to the Toronto Star.
More details to follow. Image of Patrick Brown from previous files.