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Patrick Brown has been booted out of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus following allegations of sexual misconduct. "Brown removed Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus".

A Progressive Conservative government in Ontario would not implement a planned minimum wage increase next year, no matter who ends up winning the race to lead the party through the spring election. This demonstrates that if we are to attain true gender equality, we still have a long way to go.

In recent days, Brown has stepped up his campaign to defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by two women.

The woman told CBC News in a statement from her lawyer, David Butt, on Wednesday: "I stand firmly by the truth of what I said about Patrick Brown's conduct involving me".

Interim leader Vic Fedeli issued a statement regarding the decision Friday morning, just days before the legislature is scheduled to resume sitting.

Four other candidates - former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer and businesswoman Caroline Mulroney, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen - are already competing to be party leader.

Moments after Brown's unexpected appearance at the headquarters, Mulroney tweeted that his leadership bid was a "distraction". "I am the leader that can unite the party and beat Kathleen Wynne", she said in a statement. "I am the leader that can unite the party and beat Kathleen Wynne". Marie MPP Ross Romano, during the Sault riding byelection campaign, May 8, 2017.

He said that the experience of being accused of sexual misconduct and then pushed out of the party he once led was devastating.

January 24: Patrick Brown calls a last-minute news conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct, and decry them as "categorically untrue".

Brown's dramatic move to re-enter the fray capped a week in which he aggressively fought back against the sex allegations, threatened to sue the TV network that first aired them, suggested he never officially resigned as leader - and reportedly took a lie-detector test on those sex charges, which he passed. The deadline for entering the leadership is 5 p.m. ET on Friday. Yes, our standards have changed, mostly thanks to the women who started telling their stories about Donald Trump and then Harvey Weinstein and then more and more gross characters, but this wasn't the Middle Ages: it was around 2008 and Brown was a member of Parliament.

As well, a man whom she said had gone to Brown's house with her told two media outlets he was in fact not present.

"I got knocked down pretty hard but I'm a fighter", he said Saturday.

Mr. Brown said during the Global News interview that he resisted his colleagues' calls to resign, saying he was of the opinion that he should insist on meeting with members of his caucus in person.

Brown, who vehemently denies the accusations, has been working to clear his name. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the election, but the party executive announce that a leadership contest will be held instead.

The candidates stopped short of making any detailed policy commitments, noting they would wait for further consultations on key issues, making it hard to know where they stand, Tellier said. "I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations".

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