March 4, 2016 7:39 pm

Ontario Progressive Conservatives dismiss report of caucus infighting

Leader Patrick Brown's office is dismissing a Toronto Star report about a "civil war" in the Ontario PC caucus.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
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OTTAWA – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are putting on a united front as they gather in Ottawa this weekend for their first convention since Patrick Brown became their leader last year.

Brown’s office dismissed a Toronto Star report about a “civil war” in the PC caucus, which said Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren was helping organize a nomination challenge against Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod.

MacLaren refused to comment on the situation as he arrived Friday for the convention, which has over 1,600 registered delegates.

But he said he was willing to discuss anything else.

MacLeod has not responded to requests for comment.

However, other Tories say there’s nothing to the report of bitter dissension in the Conservative caucus.

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