Patrick Brown ends bid to reclaim former job

Canadian Politician Sues CTV over Sexual Misconduct Reporting

"Let's be honest, the air has been sucked out of this campaign because of all of the stories that have been swirling around Patrick Brown", Smith said.

Patrick Brown is seen here speaking to media following a meeting at the Conservative Party headquarters in Toronto.

It may be an Ontario Battleground but the provincial PC leadership race has all of Canada tuning in for the latest twists and turns surrounding Patrick Brown's political career.

He is said to be preparing for the next leadership candidate's debate. With just over four months to go before a general provincial election in June, the airwaves have been dominated with scandal, accusations, and rumours galore. Brown has filed a notice of libel against the news outlet.

Brown, 39, was originally forced to quit as Tory leader on January 25 after the CTV News report about alleged sexual misconduct.

He has strenuously denied those allegations, is suing the network for libel and claimed that his name had been cleared when some holes were knocked in the women's stories.

In a statement issued Saturday, the broadcaster said "CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court", CBC reported. One woman said Brown asked her to perform oral sex on him when she was inebriated.

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The Simcoe North MPP, who now sits as an independent after being ejected from the Tory caucus, called on CTV to retract and apologize for "false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory" stories that accused him of improprieties involving inebriated teens while he was sober.

"After a week of self-reflection, it is clear that the hit job perpetrated against me by CTV and my political adversaries continues to be a distraction from important discussions", he said.

Brown had launched a bid to relclaim his job earlier this month.

For now, there no figure was attached to the suit, although there was the standard demand for "a full apology and retraction" from CTV. He stepped down as party leader, and then at a rally on February 19 announced he would be entering the race to win his old job back.

Within the statement, Brown also placed a strong emphasis on a hope for the continuation of the "People's Guarantee", the five-point platform aimed at cutting taxes, lowering electricity prices and more.

The complaint, filed by PC MPP Randy Hillier, was addressed by Brown in a two page letter posted on Brown's Twitter account, calling out the actions of Hillier as a smear-tactic. The PC Executive Committee announces that a leadership contest will take place to determine a new permanent leader that will lead the party into the election.

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