Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday November 15, 2018
Patrick Brown cites sexual misconduct allegation against Ontario finance minister in new book
Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown comes out swinging in a new tell-all memoir, claiming the province’s current finance minister, Vic Fedeli, has also been the subject of a sexual misconduct allegation.
Brown’s new book also contains allegations that his former party spied on him as far back as 2015.
Entitled Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown, the book follows Brown’s rise in politics, starting with his nine-year-old self writing a letter to then-prime minister Brian Mulroney and ending with reflections on his life after his abrupt resignation as Progressive-Conservative leader earlier this year, following allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” Brown told CBC News in sit-down interview, describing the night he was forced to resign.
“It’s like being run over by a truck. You can never be prepared for that.”
Brown, who from the scandal and was elected mayor of the City of Brampton in October, takes aim in the book at a number of PC caucus members and former staffers, and claims he was stabbed in the back by those in his inner circle.
Brown is in the midst of an $8-million defamation lawsuit against CTV News for publishing the original story detailing the allegations against him, which he has always denied. CTV has filed a statement of defence. The case has not yet been heard in court.
In the years prior to Brown’s resignation, there were questions within the PCs about his ability to lead them to an election victory in 2018.
In the book, Brown frequently describes himself as a “red conservative.” He writes that he felt disliked by the party for his more progressive stance on issues such as gay marriage, climate change and the carbon tax.
At one point in the book, Brown offers advice to the new premier.
“I would say to Ford that the social conservatives are dinosaurs who are becoming less and less relevant every single day,” Brown writes. (Source: Toronto Star)