Eli Ridder | The Post
Member of Provincial Parliament Patrick Brown on Thursday slammed an integrity complaint filed by PC MPP Randy Hillier that claims the former Progressive Conservative leader broke provincial ethics rules.
Mr. Brown, who resigned as PC leader on Jan. 25, denied any wrongdoing in a statement posted on Twitter after Mr. Hillier accused the now-Independent MPP of receiving undisclosed income and lavish gifts.
The ex-PC legislator denied the allegations, which also included carrying out business deals without informing the integrity commissioner as required by law, calling them “imaginary and “make-believe”.
Two days previous, Hillier question how the leadership candidate could afford the mortgage on a $2.3 million house and several international trips leading him to believe Brown did not declare his full income, a rule for MPPs.
Brown wrote that he spent $90,000 of his annual $120,000 post-tax income on the mortgage and lived day-to-day on the rest, and denied that he accepted a gift that would have allowed him to travel, calling it “cultural outreach missions” that were paid for by the party.
Hillier’s complaint also referenced a Globe and Mail report alleging that PC candidate Jass Johal signed a legal file to pay Brown $375,000 for a stake in a Barrie restaurant called Hooligan’s and get two million of his Aeroplan miles, which Brown denies happening.
Mulroney: Step aside
Leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, called for Brown to leave the race for his former position.
“This is a leadership race for the future of our party and Patrick Brown needs to step aside,” she posted on Twitter Thursday morning.
Mulroney cited “misconduct, wrongdoing and fighting within our party”, saying that “a leadership race s not the place to clear your name.”
Tanya Granic Allen and Doug Ford has made clear already their opinion that Brown should not be in the race, with Allen accusing Brown of corruption during the first leadership debate and Ford calling the former leader a “distraction”.
Christine Elliot, however, still supports Brown’s entry in the race after the Hillier accusations.
“The party has made their decision about which candidates are in this race, and it’s time to move forward,” Elliott posted on Twitter.
“This is not the time to divide us further.”
Image of Patrick Brown from previous files.