May 17, 2018 10:10 am
Updated: May 17, 2018 10:49 am

Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown writing book on his ‘political assassination’

Ex-Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown appears in a file photo.

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The scandal-plagued former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party is writing a tell-all book detailing what he describes as his “political assassination.”

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Patrick Brown says the new book, titled Take Down, will chronicle his nearly three years at the helm of the party and offer a detailed look at the events that led up to his abrupt resignation in January.

Two women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown, who vehemently denies their claims.

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His resignation months before a provincial election triggered a hastily organized leadership convention that saw Doug Ford take the reins of the party.

Brown says his book will be “a story of betrayal, blackmail, and backroom politicking involving some of Canada’s biggest political names,” though he did not provide further details.

The book, published by Optimum Publishing International, is slated to hit shelves on Nov. 1.

“Yes, it appeared I would be premier of Canada’s largest province by age 40,” Brown said in a release announcing the new book. “Instead, on January 24th, 2017, I was all but assassinated in public. Who did it, how, and why?…This was my dream, this was my nightmare.”

“This is a story that needs to be told by Patrick,” Dean Baxendale, president of Optimum Publishing International, told The Exchange with Matt Gurney on Thursday. “And it needs to get out there, out into the public. ”

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“Ultimately, it comes down to, you know, setting the record straight. I think there are a lot of moving parts that people are very unaware of in terms of what did transpire and potentially, what was the reason why Patrick was taken down,” Baxendale said. “That’s going to be covered in the book.”

The publishing company said Brown will embark on a full tour to promote the new book. The theatrical rights are available, the company said.

Brown’s resignation, which came mere hours after the sexual misconduct allegations were first levelled against him, touched off a turbulent time in Ontario politics.

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While four candidates quickly emerged as candidates for the Conservative party leadership, they were briefly joined by the man who made the race necessary in the first place.

Brown officially re-entered the leadership contest to reclaim his old job, claiming he had cleared his name in a series of press interviews and social media posts that raised questions about the allegations.

One alleged victim did eventually alter the timeline of her claims, but stood by the core allegations she raised against Brown.

Just five days after joining the contest, however, Brown withdrew once again citing strain on his friends and family.

In the meantime, he had been turfed from the caucus he once led and had come under fierce attacks from party members alleging financial irregularities and other allegations of misconduct. The province’s integrity commissioner has launched an investigation into those claims.

Brown has filed a defamation lawsuit against CTV News, which first reported the sexual misconduct allegations.

With files from Kerri Breen, 640 Toronto

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