Patrick Brown is out.
The former Ont. Progressive Conservative leader was in town Saturday to help open the campaign office of Mohammad Latif in Windsor-Tecusmeh.
Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been hard on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election.
It may be an Ontario Battleground but the provincial PC leadership race has all of Canada tuning in for the latest twists and turns surrounding Patrick Brown's political career.
Fedeli said Monday that Brown made "the right decision for himself and the Ontario PC Party" in dropping out.
Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Derek Parks who first endorsed Christine Elliott, and then shifted his support back to Patrick Brown. His departure plunged the party into chaos and triggered a leadership race just months before a provincial election.
CTV News has received a notice of libel.
February 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him.
Brown's statement says the party is "lucky" to have Elliott, Mulroney and Ford in its political family, and adds that while he disagrees "fundamentally" with Allen on "social issues", she should still be welcomed. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV's reporting on the original story and points out discrepancies in the women's accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.
"I don't care who's in the race", he said.
The decision to drop out of the race came Monday evening after reports had been given by two senior members of Brown's campaign team claiming that Brown and his family had been subjected to death threats and harassment.
Brown quit under pressure early the morning of January 25, after CTV aired a story in which two women accused him of sexual misconduct 10 years ago when he was a federal MP.
And on Monday, The Star reported Brown personally directed top party officials to "get me the result I want" during a Tory nomination in the Hamilton area that is now under police investigation for alleged fraud and forgery. The committee also approves Brown's competitors in the contest.
The new leader will be announced at a convention March 10.
Brown is asking for an apology and a retraction.
In a statement Monday, Wake said his independent office is now "conducting an inquiry" under a section of the Members' Integrity Act in response to a request from Tory MPP Randy Hillier, alleging "deeply troubling" questions regarding Brown's finances and worldwide travels.