Simmer Sandhu, who was the PC Party candidate in Brampton East, confirmed the resignation in a written statement on Twitter Wednesday evening. He said the allegations, which weren’t specifically addressed in the statement, were “anonymously made against” him.
“These allegations are totally baseless. I absolutely deny them,” Sandhu wrote, while thanking supporters and volunteers for their work.
“I will vigorously defend myself and reputation and I am confident I will be cleared. However, I feel it is impossible for me to continue as PC candidate in Brampton East while doing so.”
The Ontario PC Party issued a brief statement in response to the announcement said the party accepted his resignation
“In light of the investigation into Simmer Sandhu he felt it was necessary to stand down as a candidate,” the statement read.
Doug Ford, the party’s leader, later said in a statement on Twitter that he and the party’s president received the resignation earlier on Wednesday.
“We welcome Sudeep Verma as the new candidate for Brampton East and thank him for his leadership,” he wrote.
According to a statement posted by former Ontario PC Party Leader Patrick Brown on the party’s website, Sandhu was nominated as a candidate in December 2017.
In an archived version of Sandhu’s biography from his now-deleted campaign website, it said he worked for 407 ETR as a litigation analyst at the highway company’s headquarters for nine years. A spokesperson for the company told Global News Sandhu resigned “quite some time ago.”
The biography also said he has worked as a real estate agent and previously worked in an unspecified role for Elections Ontario.
— With files from Alan Carter