In a statement, issued Jan. 25, Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party amid accusations of sexual assault.
“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear,” he said. “However, defeating Kathleen Wynne in 2018 is more important than one individual.”
The accusations came to light during a CTV News broadcast on Jan. 24. In a hastily arranged news conference held just before the broadcast, Brown denied the claims.
“I want to say, these allegations are false. Every one of them,” he said. “I will defend myself as hard as I can, with all the means at my disposal.”
The resignation comes less than five months before the Ontario election. Brown has said he will continue to serve as MPP for Simcoe North.
Photo courtesy of Ontario PC Party.