Former Ontario PC Chief Patrick Brown comes out swinging in a brand new tell-all memoir, which comprises allegations that his former celebration spied on him as far again as 2015, in addition to an allegation of sexual misconduct towards a present PC cupboard minister.
Entitled Takedown: The Tried Political Assassination of Patrick Brown, the e book follows Brown’s rise in politics, beginning together with his nine-year-old self writing a letter to then-prime minister Brian Mulroney and ending with reflections on his life after his abrupt resignation as PC chief earlier this yr, following allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I would not want it on my worst enemy,” Brown informed CBC in sit-down interview, describing the night time he was pressured to resign.
“It is like being run over by a truck. You’ll be able to by no means be ready for that.”
Brown, who recovered from the scandal and was elected mayor of the Metropolis of Brampton in October, takes purpose within the e book at various PC caucus members and former staffers, and claims he was stabbed within the again by these in his inside circle.
Brown is within the midst of an $8-million defamation lawsuit towards CTV Information for publishing the unique story detailing the allegations towards him, which he has at all times denied. CTV has filed a press release of defence. The case has not but been heard in courtroom.
Allegation towards Vic Fedeli
Within the e book, Brown directs a sequence of blows at present Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, accusing him of as soon as being the topic himself of an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Brown writes that in December 2017 — not lengthy earlier than he was ousted as chief of the celebration — he obtained a handwritten letter on his desk at Queen’s Park from a feminine staffer accusing Fedeli of inappropriate behaviour. CBC has not seen the letter.
The allegations aren’t detailed within the e book and neither is the title of the staffer. However whereas he was nonetheless PC chief, Brown mentioned he knowledgeable Fedeli that he would look into the matter. Within the e book, Brown claims that when Fedeli turned the interim celebration chief, the girl was let go — for undisclosed causes —however stored on the legislative payroll.
Within the days following Brown’s resignation, Fedeli was a harsh critic of the previous celebration chief.
“We watched in shock and horror and disappointment and disappointment at these allegations,” Fedeli informed CBC on the time. “That is simply plain and easily horrible.”
A month later, Fedeli wrote to the celebration president saying that Brown did not have the boldness to be a celebration candidate in his Barrie driving.
“I used to be shocked at Fedeli’s cavalier, holier-than-thou perspective, on condition that he knew full nicely that he could have dodged a bullet,” Brown writes within the e book, referring to Fedeli’s remarks about him after he resigned.
“Queen’s Park smells of hypocrisy proper now.”
CBC has independently verified the allegation was made towards Fedeli. The allegation has by no means been examined in courtroom.
When requested in regards to the allegation by CBC, a spokesperson for Fedeli issued a press release on his behalf.
“All through my profession I’ve held myself to a excessive moral customary in my interactions with others. There isn’t any validity in any way to any of those allegations,” the assertion reads. “Any accusation or insinuation on the contrary is fake and malicious. I’ve retained authorized counsel and am ready to take no matter motion is critical to carry any particular person making these false allegations accountable.”
Allegations of political spying
Brown claims within the e book that within the weeks following his resignation, he employed a non-public investigator to look into who could have been behind his “setup.”
Within the strategy of that investigation, Brown mentioned he realized he himself had been surveilled in 2015 and 2017. Brown claims the one who employed investigators was a lawyer with ties to the PC celebration, and that this particular person paid the agency $118,000 for the surveillance work.
Brown believes it was for nefarious functions, however informed CBC he nonetheless is not clear what the motive could have been.
“I by no means thought that politics in Canada could possibly be paying homage to Home of Playing cards or a film, however a number of the stuff that I’ve gone via is frankly out of a film.” Brown mentioned.
Within the years previous to Brown’s resignation, there have been questions inside the PC Celebration about his capacity to make them an election victory in 2018.
Within the e book, Brown steadily describes himself as a “crimson conservative.” He writes that he felt he was disliked by the celebration for his extra progressive stance on points akin to homosexual marriage, local weather change and the carbon tax.
At one level within the e book, Brown provides recommendation to the brand new premier.
“I might say to [Doug] Ford that the social conservatives are dinosaurs who’re turning into much less and fewer related each single day,” Brown writes.
Requested what he hopes would be the key takeaway from his e book, Brown mentioned he needs to develop individuals’s views on the present type of conservatism.
“I imagine you could be a proud, progressive conservative who cares about homosexual rights and cares in regards to the atmosphere and have a social conscience,” mentioned Brown.
“I imagine there’s a place inside conservatism for that Invoice Davis model of politics. I hope that we’ll see some champions for that within the future.”
Extra reporting by Nicole Brewster and John Lancaster