Fedeli had 'no confidence' in Brown as a PC candidate
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:33AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:14PM EST
TORONTO -- The rift between Ontario's Progressive Conservative party factions continued to widen today as interim leader Vic Fedeli said he had informed the executive of his lack of confidence in Patrick Brown hours before the ousted politician launched a bid to reclaim his job.
Brown, who was forced to step down as party leader last month amid sexual misconduct allegations, joined the leadership contest on Friday, after he was kicked out of the party caucus.
The 39-year-old Barrie, Ont., politician, who is running for re-election in the riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, has said he helped grow the party to unprecedented levels since becoming leader in 2015, so he should be the one to lead it through the spring election.
Fedeli says now that Brown is in the leadership race, he will no longer comment on him, or any of the other candidates, who include Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto councillor Doug Ford, former Tory legislator Christine Elliott and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen.
Fedeli's comments come as Ontario's legislature begins its spring session ahead of the June 7 election.
Brown, who is also facing allegations of corruption from his own party, is not expected to attend the legislature's opening session today.