Jul 06, 2022
By Jane Brown
Patrick Brown is lashing out at the leadership election committee of the federal Conservatives after learning he has been disqualified as a candidate for the next leader.
An early Wednesday morning statement from Brown’s campaign says the decision is “reprehensible” and the committee’s “undemocratic behaviour” breaks faith with hundreds of thousands of Canadians who embraced Patrick Brown’s vision of a modern, inclusive Conservative party.
Committee chair Ian Brodie announced the surprising move late Tuesday night, saying the party had learned of “serious allegations of wrongdoing” by the Brown campaign.
Brodie says the allegations are related to the financing rules in the Canada Elections Act, but provided no further details.
Conservative strategist John Capobianco has been a longtime commentator on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer and says the Brown campaign is spitting mad.
“I was speaking with a senior official last night texting,” Capobianco explained on Wednesday morning, “And they’re just dumbfounded by this and quite frankly … they heard it through the media, so they’re really angry and they’re going to fight back I suspect.”
The Brown campaign’s statement accuses the Conservative party of basing its decision on “anonymous allegations” and not providing the full details or evidence.
It also accuses the party of making this decision to favour Pierre Poilievre, the longtime Ottawa-area MP considered a front-runner in the race and the main rival to Brown, who is currently the mayor of Brampton.
The Conservatives plan to announce the winner of the leadership race in Ottawa on September 10th.