Patrick Brown expelled from Ontario PC caucus

Patrick Brown, who resigned as leader amid accusations of sexual misconduct, has been expelled from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party caucus just days before the legislature is set to resume.

Interim leader Vic Fedeli said in a statement on Friday that he had originally asked Brown to “step aside” from the caucus when he was appointed to the position late last month.

Fedeli said,” Earlier today, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been removed from the PC Caucus effective immediately.The same procedure was followed when Mr. Brown removed Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus.”

The decision comes a day after Brown said that he intends to sue CTV News to restore his reputation after the broadcaster changed elements of alleged incidents that forced him to resign as the PC leader. While he is no longer party leader or a member of the PC caucus, Brown remains the MPP for Simcoe North.

The PC caucus is dealing with the fallout of Brown’s departure as it works to find a replacement months before the provincial election and in one of the shortest leadership races ever.

Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are seeking the party’s leadership. Tory members will select a new leader on March 10.