It’s been a whirlwind few weeks in Ontario politics.
The Ontario PC Party is in the midst of a leadership campaign mere months away from a provincial election.
Patrick Brown was supposed to square off against NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier. However, he triggered the leadership race when he resigned hours after publicly denying allegations of sexual misconduct that were made by two unnamed women in a CTV News story published on Jan. 24.
Brown has said the “false” allegations are “categorically untrue.”
His resignation prompted the party to launch a new leadership race with the new leader to be chosen on March 10. The race attracted four candidates: Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen. The four candidates debated provincial issues on TVO on Feb. 15, a day before Brown joined the race.
Brown registered to run hours after his temporary replacement, interim leader Vic Fedeli, announced he was removed from the party’s caucus.
The fight for leadership of the PC party marks one of the shortest political races in Ontario’s history. It’s also one with so much at stake. And after 15 years of the Liberals in power, winds of change may finally be sweeping through Canada’s most populous province.
Candidates were required to submit $100,000 each in fees and deposits and another $25,000 for access to the party’s membership list.
The new Ontario PC leader will be announced on March 10.