I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news that Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has resigned. Unless you were watching a show on Netflix and missed the swift and sudden press conference he held at 9:45pm and subsequent resignation that seemed to happen all within the blink of an eye. If that’s the case, here’s what happened and my thoughts on what social conservative voters in Ontario should do moving forward.
After learning that CTV’s Rachel Aiello and Senior Political Correspondent Glen McGregor were about to release news of graphic sexual allegations from two women (one of whom was underage at the time) against Patrick Brown, he pre-empted the story by calling an urgent press conference in which he read a short statement vehemently denying all allegations.
“I want to say: These allegations are false. Every one of them. I will defend myself as hard as I can, with all the means at my disposal. I know that the court of public opinion moves fast. I have instructed my attorneys to ensure that these allegations are addressed where they should be: in a court of law.”
Reporters then chased him down the hallway to his car, shouting questions at him about the women, about the public deserving answers, his political future and everything in between. He muttered he will “be back to work tomorrow”, got into his car and drove away. The perp walk was all caught on camera, captured by Global below.
The CTV story came out shortly after. There was a “WARNING: This story contains graphic details” disclaimer ahead of the article. The expose goes on to share seedy details of two young women who were both at Brown’s home in Barrie, Ontario when the incidents allegedly occurred. The first happened 10 years ago when the unidentified female, who was in high school at the time, met Brown at a bar with a friend. She said he invited them back to his home and gave them alcohol despite being underage at the time. From CTV:
“She says she was drunk when Brown invited her for a tour of his home. When the pair entered the bedroom, Brown closed the door and exposed his penis to her. He pulled down his pants said, and I don’t know if he said ‘suck my dick’ or ‘put this in your mouth,’ but something along those lines,” she said. The woman alleges that he then asked her to perform oral sex, which she did for a short time before stopping. “It was like a controlling thing… like I just remember I wanted to go, but that wasn’t happening.”She says she then left his house and went to a nearby friend’s place.
The second accuser had a similar story which she relayed in an on-camera interview to CTV. While working in then Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s office, she met Brown on a flight and proceeded to correspond with him over social media afterward. He gave the woman names of some bars he’d be at that night and offered to help her skip the lineup, despite the fact that again, at the time of the alleged incident, she was only 18. Although she didn’t take him up on the offer, she messaged him asking if he know of any summer job opportunities on the Hill. Brown hired her to work at his constituency office. During an after-party at Brown’s house the night of his annual “Hockey Night in Barrie” event, she was invited into his room with a male friend to look at some pictures of a trip he recently took to Asia. From the report:
“Brown’s friend then left, leaving her and Brown to sit alone on the bed. The next thing I know he’s kissing me. Sitting beside me, kissing me and then I was, I kind of just froze up. He continued to kiss me and he laid me down on the bed and got on top of me. I remember consciously trying not to move my mouth and I was just not moving, so I was laying there immobile and he kept kissing me,” she said. “I felt it was sexual. I could feel his erection on my legs when he was on top of me so I felt that it would have gone to sexual intercourse if I had not done anything,” she said. “I would characterize that as a sexual assault. That scenario, like of a very inebriated young employee in the bedroom of her boss, alone with him, who hasn’t had a drop of alcohol all night, just that’s an intimidating situation and I was not sure what to do about it,” the former staffer said. She told him to stop, saying she had a boyfriend and told Brown to take her home, which he did, driving her back to her parents’ house.
After the alleged incident, Brown asked her to join him on a trip to India as his assistant, all expenses included, and gave her a raise. She continued to work for Brown the following summer and says she saw her current employment as a “career opportunity”. She alleged he continued to make harassing comments to her though she said she felt at that point it was “part of the job”.
So let’s recap.
9:45pm- Brown’s swift and unexpected press conference
10pm- CTV expose article is released by Rachel Aiello and Glen McGregor
12am- caucus members held two conference calls and demanded that Brown resign
1:30am- Brown resigned and released his statement of resignation
“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear. However, defeating [Ontario Premier] Kathleen Wynne in 2018 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. I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations.”
Various politicians across the board sounded off on the allegations before and after the resignation.
Ontario PC Deputy Leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark:
MPP’s Randy Hillier and Sam Oosterhoff:
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer:
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne:
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh:
Ontario’s New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath:
PC Party President Rick Dykstra said in an email last night to the party’s legislators, he has requested, and MPPs have agreed, to select an interim leader. The interim leader will serve until a new leader is picked in a leadership election, according to the party’s constitution. Names currently being thrown around are:
Lawyer and daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Caroline Mulroney
Former MPP and PC leadership candidate Christine Elliot
Current MPP and former leadership candidate Monte McNaughton
No one has confirmed they will run. And no rules or dates have been released as of yet. During a press conference today at noon, deputy leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark said the PC caucus is meeting tomorrow, and we will have more details then.
I think that first and foremost this is a sad situation. This is sad for the women who, if proven to be true, had to experience being taken advantage of by someone in a position of power and authority. I feel sad for Patrick Brown, who if proven guilty, felt the need and desire to act in such a despicable manner toward underage females and those he employed. In a blink of an eye, his career and reputation have been completely tarnished forever.
When I originally posted about this story, I was surprised and shocked by some who completely dismissed the allegations as false, or thought they weren’t a big deal. As a woman working in politics, even though it’s for a cause and not for a particular party, I feel passionately about the democratic process and about making a change in society, as I’m sure most women do who work for politicians or in other areas of the public sector. They deserve to be treated with respect, and to not be taken advantage of.
Even if the timing is “convenient” for the Liberals, it doesn’t matter. Politicians who act in this manner do not deserve to have the trust and faith of the people they represent to make our country a better place. Whether it’s the day before an election, or 2 month, or 4 years, women should not and cannot be maligned for coming forward. So if you’re attacking these girls, just stop.
It’s true that nothing has been proven in the court of law as of yet. It’s also true that reporters have been coming forward saying they have been working on stories like this for months, if not years. That they’ve heard allegations and rumours, and were searching to find the truth. The reporters at CTV could not and would not have released such an explosive story if they did not have the proper proof and corroboration. My friend Jonathon Van Maren wrote about this in a recent article on the subject:
“The fact that Patrick Brown is a creep was an “open secret,” and there were a lot of people trying to get people on the record and take the stories public. Myself and several others were digging into Brown’s past for over a year, and there were many of these stories circulating—but nobody would go on the record with the stories and nobody was willing to have their experiences go public
The same day the Brown story exploded, Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie was forced to resign after an investigation found he acted inappropriately and breached the legislature’s policy on workplace harassment. This morning, Liberal minister for sports and people with disabilities, Kent Hehr is being accused of making sexually suggestive comments to female political staffers during his years in the Alberta legislature. This is just the beginning of what I think is a wave that’s going to cleanse Canadian legislatures across the country of secretly perverted and inappropriate politicians who don’t deserve the title they hold. I don’t know about you, but I’m anxiously awaiting the political cleanse.
Where pro-life voters go from here
There’s going to be a leadership race. And it’s going to be fast. At the same time, there will be dozens of nominations happening across the province for the upcoming provincial election in Ontario. Kathleen Wynne has already said she won’t call a snap election before the scheduled June vote. That means it’s go-time in Ontario.
For years social conservatives have complained about Patrick Brown, and rightly so. He made promises to us, then lied and turned his back on us. He courted the so-con vote, and then whipped caucus members to vote in favour of a ridiculous and unnecessary bubble zone law. He disqualified well-rounded candidates, and rigged and controlled nomination meetings.
For every single person who complained about Patrick Brown, who lamented that he needs to go, now is your chance to put your money where your mouth is.
We will be selling more memberships than ever before to social conservative voters in Ontario to elect a new leader that respects and listens to our voice. That is completely antithetical to Patrick Brown and the party elite. We will also be participating in nominations across the province for candidates who now have a chance without the blatant ballot-stuffing and back-stabbing.
If you want to get Ontario back-on-track, then sign-up to be a volunteer for your local pro-life candidate by clicking here. If you are willing to once again buy a membership to the PC party to vote for supportable leadership candidate, then click here.
The one thing we do know, is that Patrick Brown was no friend to social conservatives. We now know he is no longer the leader of the PC Party of Ontario. Finally, we also know that when pro-lifers get involved in a meaningful and effective way in the political process, we win. Let’s not have another Patrick-Brown repeat in Ontario. Join us to become an effective voter and volunteer in a province where up until a few days ago, we thought was a lost-cause. Our time is now, don’t let it go to waste.