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The collage is worth a thousand words, as they say.
There’s more of this sort of thing out there, I’m told.
After revelations like that blockbuster Globe and Mail story – which suggested he had schemed to get a big payment from a man who would get a coveted PC nomination shortly thereafter – I don’t know why he persists in running for anything. It makes no sense.
Brampton, I would expect, is about to remind him why.
…just before he won his party’s leadership.
You can’t make this stuff up.
But, by all means, let him run for mayor of Brampton.
You reject his support. And then you denounce him the clearest terms.
To put a fine point on it: Kevin J. Johnston is a notorious Muslim-hating bigot who has been charged with hate crimes. Doug Ford must denounce him and reject his support – now.
More about Johnston’s hate charges here.
Doug Ford needs to address this right now. It is the kind of thing that will sink his campaign. And deservedly so.
And did he plot to put the resulting many thousands in his own pocket?
Check out this stunner Globe and Mail story. It is simply incredible. .
Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was in talks to sell an interest in a restaurant he partially owns and some Aeroplan miles for $375,000 to a man who went on to become a Tory candidate, documents show.
An affidavit detailing a deal was sworn five months before Jass Johal was acclaimed as the candidate for the PC Party in a new riding in the suburban 905 region around Toronto. According to a copy of the affidavit shown to The Globe and Mail, Mr. Johal, a paralegal who lives in Brampton, says he agrees to purchase two million Aeroplan miles and an ownership interest in Hooligans restaurant from Mr. Brown for $375,000. “The amount is paid by certified draft from Bank of Nova Scotia,” says the affidavit dated June 11, 2016 and signed by Mr. Johal.
… Other documents The Globe has seen, including bank statements, show that Mr. Brown deposited $375,000 into his personal account at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce one month after the affidavit was signed, on July 11, 2016. Later that month, property records show he purchased a waterfront house on Lake Simcoe’s Shanty Bay for $2.3-million. He took out a mortgage of $1.72-million from Toronto-Dominion Bank, according to public mortgage documents.
…[Mr. Brown] declined to answer a question about why the amount agreed to in the sworn affidavit was exactly the same as the deposit a month later into his personal account.
Is Patrick Brown a crook?
We shall see. But I know there is one thing he isn’t, and should never be:
A member of the legislature.
As predicted: his strategy is to destroy his former political home.
He’s doing that.
This turns the PC Party of Ontario into a running joke. Their leadership race becomes a farce.
All that can save them now is another young woman coming forward to tell her story.
I’m told he plans to.
Now, Vic Fedeli did what a few of us felt he needed to do – he needed to kick out the former leader:
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) February 16, 2018
But get this:
Rumblings that @brownbarrie might be announcing his own leadership bid this afternoon, despite having just been booted from caucus. Stay posted.
— John Ivison (@IvisonJ) February 16, 2018
Is this nuts? Yes, Virginia, it is nuts.
How can you run for leader of a party when you have been booted out of that party’s caucus?
Again: this guy is a human wrecking ball. He wants to bring everyone else down to his level.
That only works, I think, if there isn’t more damaging stuff about him out there.
And, believe me: there is.
Watch this space, folks.
UPDATE: From smart reader Robert White:
Brown can’t run for the leadership unless the official party interim leader signs his nomination papers. Brown is officially out of caucus, and cannot get his nomination papers signed for the riding of Barrie unless his pending litigation is completed by 5:00pm tonight.
Brown is officially out of the Queen’s Park legislature as a sitting MPP due to the fact that he has not signed up under independent status, and can’t sign up for PC Party nomination in his riding. Fedeli can’t commit political suicide by reneging on his vow that he would only sign the nomination papers if Brown cleared his reputation.
Bye bye, Patrick ‘the Clown’ Brown.
Politics in Ontario is fun this time round.
Welcome to today’s class in how not to do P.R., folks. Today’s case study is Patrick Brown, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
Three weeks ago, CTV broadcast a report that Brown had engaged in graphic sexual misconduct with two very young women. He denied the allegations of the two young women, but he stepped down a few hours after the CTV report.
His party started a leadership race to replace him. All of the candidates seem to be a lot more popular than he was.
Three weeks after he resigned, Brown hired a PR firm and started a media tour. He attacked the young women who made the allegations against him. The two young women doubled down on their stories, refusing to back off.
I have been told by CTV folks that Brown has not taken steps to sue them or his accusers. And he’s rapidly running out of time to do so. In my view, until he serves a Libel Notice, I don’t give a rat’s ass about whatever he has to say. It’s all spin or bullshit, at this point.
Oh, and this: Patrick Brown has hired private investigators. (UPDATE: These guys, I’m told.)
I found that out on-air, on CFRA on Monday afternoon. I was on Evan Solomon’s show with Karl Belanger and Alise Mills when Alise said she was working with Brown, and that he had hired private investigators. Here’s what she said: “Patrick has hired someone to do the forensics, a P.I., he’s got a very strong legal team.”
That was news.
Evan and I started questioning Alise, who I know to be an honest person. She didn’t walk back her statement. She stood by it.
To repeat: Patrick Brown has hired private investigators to do “forensics.” Forensics are defined as “scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.”
So, whose crime? And who are they investigating? There are only three possibilities, because there are only three groups of participants in this sordid tale.
- One possibility is Patrick Brown has hired private investigators to do “forensics” on him. Given that he’s the client, this isn’t highly likely.
- Another possibility is that Patrick Brown has hired private investigators to discredit the CTV team who worked on this story. I’ve been told by two sources at CTV that they think P.I. types are indeed following them around.
- The only other possibility is that Patrick Brown has hired private investigators to discredit and attack the two young women who made the allegations in the first place.
Those are the only possibilities. If it’s either 2 or 3, it is big, big news: a sitting member of the provincial legislature has hired private investigators to go after the media and two young women who claim to have been sexually assaulted. (Another possibility: he’s investigating other MPPs: but that would be a clear violation of their Parliamentary privilege.)
Anyway. If the above is true – if what Alise Mills revealed on Monday is indeed the case – I do not see how Patrick Brown can be permitted to retain his seat.
Digging up dirt on reporters, doing their jobs? Digging up dirt on alleged victims of sexual assault? Digging up dirt on fellow MPPs?
That’s not the kind of person we need in our provincial parliament.
She predicted this months ago. When Patrick Brown was still leader.
My friends at Campaign Research say she’s on to something.