The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Canada A never-ending Tory story: Six tumultuous weeks in Ontario PC party

04:55  11 march  2018
04:55  11 march  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Screaming woman disrupts Tory-Wynne press conference at Toronto City Hall

  Screaming woman disrupts Tory-Wynne press conference at Toronto City Hall The mayor said enhanced security at city hall has been under discussion in recent months in light of emerging threats and terrorism. "It is one of the things that comes with, and I say that in a very positive way, it comes with having a very open building where people can come right to the office of their elected representatives, including the mayor, and tell us about some of the challenges they face," Tory said.READ MORE: Airport-style security measures proposed at Toronto City Hall"The premier and I were talking about this as we walked in the building this morning.

Starting with Patrick Brown’s abrupt resignation, here’s a recap of the party drama that led to Saturday’s leadership convention.

A never - ending Tory story : Six tumultuous weeks in Ontario PC party . Patrick Brown directed top Tories to ‘get me the result I want’ in nomination now being probed by police. The move comes five days after Doug Ford was elected party leader to replace Brown


It has been a tumultuous six weeks for Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, and it’s not over yet. Here’s what led to the leadership convention Saturday:

Jan. 24: Allegations of sexual misconduct against Tory leader Patrick Brown emerge in a CTV News report.

Jan. 25: Brown, who denies the allegations, quits as leader under pressure from caucus after the mass resignation of his senior staff.

Jan. 26: MPP Vic Fedeli becomes interim leader hours before the party executive decides to hold a full leadership contest.

Jan. 28: Fedeli removes key Brown allies from their posts, including party executive director Bob Stanley. Later the same day, PC president Rick Dykstra resigns after being accused of sexual assault — an allegation he denied.

Brian Jean resigns from Alberta legislature

  Brian Jean resigns from Alberta legislature The former leader of Alberta's Opposition is quitting the legislature, months after losing a bid to lead the province's new United Conservative Party. Brian Jean said in a statement that now is an important time to "draw closer" to his family as well as finally rebuild his home, which was destroyed in a massive wildfire that hit Fort McMurray in 2016.

Article Continued Below. It doesn’t matter if there are 100 PC members in a riding or 10,000 — each riding is as valuable as any other. A never - ending Tory story : Six tumultuous weeks in Ontario PC party .

A never - ending Tory story : Six tumultuous weeks in Ontario PC party . The difference between this leadership campaign and the upcoming election campaign is that Ford cannot count on the same kind of policy emptiness and equivocation he encountered among his Tory rivals when he faces off against

Patrick Brown leaves Queen’s Park in January after delivering an emotional statement in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. He resigned as Ontario PC party leader later that night.© Aaron Vincent Elkaim Patrick Brown leaves Queen’s Park in January after delivering an emotional statement in response to allegations of sexual misconduct. He resigned as Ontario PC party leader later that night.

Feb. 15: Brown denies reports pushed by his supporters that he did not technically resign as leader.

Feb. 16: Fedeli turfs Brown from the PC caucus after the Star publishes an audio recording from a caucus conference call when the leader resigned early on Jan. 25. Brown then enters the leadership race for his old job.

Feb. 26: Brown quits the leadership race hours after the Star reveals he sent emails to Stanley and Dykstra last May about the Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas PC nomination meeting that is now being investigated by police amid allegations of fraud and forgery.

Doug Ford declared Ontario PC Party leader

  Doug Ford declared Ontario PC Party leader A chaotic Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership convention drew to a close Saturday night, with former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford named party leader.Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford was named leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario as a chaotic leadership convention drew to a close Saturday night.

Read more: A never - ending Tory story : Six tumultuous weeks in Ontario PC party . Brown, whom Fedeli ejected from the Tory caucus and who now sits as an Independent MPP, was nowhere to be seen at the weekend confab.

TORONTO – The tumultuous Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race will end as planned Saturday after the party scored an important court victory, convincing a judge to reject a request to extend the contest by a week . “This can’t be the never - ending story … or we’ll never pick a leader.”

March 9: A judge rejects a last-minute attempt to extend voting in the leadership contest for a week due to mailing problems for ballots.

March 10: Hundreds of Tories gather in Markham to hear who has won the leadership, only to learn the race appears too close to call between Doug Ford and Christine Elliott.

Read more:

Opinion | Edward Keenan: Merriam-Webster green lights ‘dumpster fire’ just in time to explain the Ontario PC leadership race

Tories won’t let Patrick Brown run as PC candidate in June election .
Embattled former PC leader Patrick Brown will not be allowed to run as a Tory candidate in the June election.The party’s nomination committee, which made the announcement Thursday night, met earlier in the day and said “the unanimous decision … was that Patrick Brown will not be an eligible candidate for nomination in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte,” said party president Jag Badwal.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!