All eyes on Brown as Ontario legislature resumes ahead of spring election

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Flanked by several cheering PC candidates and party members, Brown held his first leadership campaign event in Mississauga, Ont., to say that "what has happened" to him in the last three weeks, he wouldn't wish on his worst enemy.

Two of Brown's competitors for PC leadership, Caroline Mulroney and Doug Ford, have said that Brown joining the race is pulling attention away from what should be the party's real objective: defeating the Liberals.

"This small group of insiders will stop at nothing in their attempts to derail us".

However, Brown after returning to the legislature will have to sit as an Independent as he has been kicked out of the Tory Caucus after charges of sexual harassment were brought against the former PC leader by two women.

"I wrote to the party president and indicated that Mr".

"Now that he's a (leadership) candidate, it's very hard to speak about him and not the other candidates".

Interim Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Vic Fedeli says he informed party executives of his lack of confidence in Patrick Brown hours before the ousted PC leader launched a bid to reclaim his job. "Oh, I am sure the truth will come out". "He said he will definitely help the association transition to a new CFO and brief him on the position (and) will even stay on the association as a board member if needed, but simply doesn't have time for CFO duties". The Canadian Press has not independently verified the allegations.

Brown said that CTV News has admitted, "key parts of their story were simply not true".

Brown also defended himself against accusations that party membership numbers had been exaggerated.

Party members will vote for their leader between March 2 and 8.

Brown said the memberships in question expired a few weeks after he made his statements about the figures and that they were accurate at the time.

"There is an terrible lot of members I see on social media who think there was an injustice done to him - that he wasn't treated fairly by the party establishment and by the caucus members".

Sadovnick said she doesn't believe the misconduct allegations.

"You can not make policy on the fly this close to an election, it is a recipe for disaster", the Simcoe North MPP told a room full of supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport in Mississauga on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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