Tory leaders Patrick Brown, Jamie Baillie resign after harassment complaints

Two provincial party leaders – Patrick Brown of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives and Jamie Baillie of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives – resigned or were forced out of their jobs yesterday over allegations of sexual harassment. 

Patrick Brown, 39 has resigned as Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader after serious allegations of sexual misconduct from two women who spoke to CTV News.

In a  statement released early Thursday morning, Brown called the allegations false but says he is resigning after consulting with friends, family and caucus members.

Brown said, “I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations.”

In interviews, the women allege inappropriate behavior by the rising political figure throughout his tenure as an elected official.

One was still in high school when she says Brown, a well-known Barrie politician, asked her to perform oral sex on him.The other, a university student who worked in his office when Brown was a federal Conservative MP, alleges Brown sexually assaulted her following an event she helped organize.

Both incidents are alleged to have happened inside Brown’s home in Barrie, Ont., after the women had been drinking in his presence.

In the case of Baillie, an independent investigator hired by the Nova Scotia Tories found that he breached workplace harassment rules.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, two hours after Baillie publicly announced his resignation on Twitter.

The statement goes on to say that the investigation concluded Baillie breached the Nova Scotia House of Assembly Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Harassment in the Workplace.