Ontario party leader quits over sexual misconduct claims

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He said that Brown did a good job as party leader, boosting membership and creating a strong policy platform.

Trudeau, a self-described feminist, said, "Harassment of any kind is unacceptable, and Canadians have a right to live and work in environments free of harassment". They said they advised Brown that it was "in the best interest of the PC Party" for him to resign, but that he refused. By early this morning the calls for Brown to resign from without and within the party had become too loud.

Brown met the woman on a flight and flaunted his link ups in different fields in order to gain her attention.

Brown hastily summoned news media to Queen's Park on Wednesday night, where he categorically denied the accusations.

The move came after nearly his entire campaign team, including his chief of staff and press secretary, quit late Wednesday in protest after he earlier declined to step down.

She said women need to be vocal and not allow this culture to continue.

The source had not heard of allegations of force or coercion, but said Brown had a definite "M.O." when it came to his interactions with young women.

Women's advocates and political scientists are raising eyebrows over a Southwestern Ontario MPP's staunch support of Patrick Brown. "My thoughts turn immediately to the women who came forward, knowing how hard it is, it can be, to salute them for their courage and their leadership", he said.

Brown was a Conservative backbencher under Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015, when he stepped down to run for leader of the Ontario PC party.

Fedeli said he started receiving calls from caucus members advising him of the allegations against Brown Thursday at about 8 p.m., shortly after his flight from Toronto arrived at the North Bay airport. The broadcaster said the alleged incidents date back to when Brown was a federal MP.

Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath says she was disgusted by allegations of sexual misconduct reported against Brown, and thanked the women who made the claims for coming forward.

"He was certainly poised to have a landslide victory, I believe", he said.

"This is an issue I take very seriously, and I know we all agree that sexual harassment is never ok".

"Our thoughts are with the fearless women who have had the courage to speak out about their experiences".

Provincial party president Rick Dykstra said, via text message, the executive will be meeting Thursday evening to see where to go next, while Jones and Clark said the PC caucus will be meeting to make a decision Friday.

Bennett admits the allegations will be tough for the PC Party to overcome.

Two women came forward alleging Brown indulged in inappropriate behavior throughout his tenure as an elected official.

Minnan-Wong did not reply to calls Thursday but released a statement saying he learned of the "deeply troubling allegations" Wednesday. He did not accept that advice.

As Leader, Patrick Brown removed MPP Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus for behaviour that was not even remotely as repugnant as the allegations levelled against Brown. "Now let us deal with what we need to do moving forward tomorrow", she said. "We can not allow this culture to continue, we need to call this behaviour out".

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