Politicians respond to Ont. PC Leader Patrick Brown’s resignation

Ontario’s Opposition leader has stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct, dealing a severe blow to his party just months before the province heads to the polls.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined Canadian political figures reacting to allegations of sexual misconduct against former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, saying that his thoughts are with the women who came forward.

Trudeau told reporters in Davos, “It’s extremely important that we make absolutely clear that sexual harassment and sexual assault is unacceptable. We take these allegations extremely seriously whenever they come up”

Kathleen Wynne

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer

Andrew Scheer said in a statement, “The allegations against the Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are extremely serious and should be investigated fully.Sexual misconduct and sexual harassment have no place in Canadian society.”

“I understand how difficult it can be for women to come forward under these circumstances.”

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath

Horwath said, “My thoughts are with the brave young women who have spoken out to describe horrible, degrading and unsafe experiences they say happened at the hands of Patrick Brown.”

“He deserves his day in court, but no person can lead a political party in this province with allegations like these hanging over his head.”

Mayor John Tory