Interim Tory leader Vic Fedeli, who has vowed to clean up the party and "root out the rot", refrained Tuesday from commenting on whether Brown should be pushed out of the leadership race.
Brown, who quit as leader January 25 over allegations in a CTV News report of sexual misconduct he denies, said the deal was never consummated and warned in a Facebook post Monday he is being targeted by "a select group of individuals who feel entitled to destroy what we've built together these past three years".
"Over the next weeks you may hear or see stories questioning my integrity, character and my leadership of our party", Brown wrote.
Clearly, there's no love lost between Brown and interim PC leader Vic Fideli. He will sit as an independent when the legislature resumes on Tuesday.
Brown, who has since mounted a campaign to clear his name, announced on Friday that he planned to run for his old job - just hours after he was booted out of the Tory caucus.
The Progressive Conservatives, meanwhile, are in the middle of a leadership race that has exposed a growing rift between party factions. The Canadian Press has not independently verified the allegations. "This includes bank statements, mortgage information, legal documents, all of which is legally protected and personal information".
Brown also defended himself against accusations that party membership numbers had been exaggerated.
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"What you and every member should know is that no leader in any political party is involved in the collection of membership fees", he said of Hillier's allegations that $700,000 from party memberships is "missing".
Latif is the party's nominee in the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh. "He should be allowed to speak but won't be allowed to because he will speak the truth".
Brown, the former leader of the Ontario PC Party, held his first campaign event in his bid to become the leader once again at a venue in Mississauga on February 18.
A Tory legislator said Tuesday he would be filing a complaint with Ontario's Integrity Commissioner regarding Brown's alleged conduct. "It happened before he entered the leadership race", Fedeli told reporters gathered at Queen's Park about his decision to remove Brown from caucus.
The NDP's approach to anti-harassment was the first policy to earn mention at its convention in Ottawa on Friday-despite not being slated on the floor-with outgoing president Marit Stiles apologizing to party members who had... "Brown did not have my confidence to be party candidate in Barrie", Fedeli said.
To the other candidates running against him, Brown said they must stand united because their common goal is to defeat Kathleen Wynne.