Sep 02, 2016
By Michael Kramer
According to The Canadian Press, Patrick Brown’s chief of staff distributed a controversial letter on sex education – a day before the Progressive Conservative leader said he first learned about it.
The letter with Brown’s electronic signature said – if his party formed the government, it would “scrap” the Liberals’ updated sex-ed curriculum.
Brown wrote an op-ed piece days later disavowing the letter – saying that the local Tory campaign in the Scarborough-Rouge River byelection “went too far.”
The PC leader said he first saw the letter last Friday, after it was reported in the media – and was angry because it didn’t reflect his views.
The Canadian Press has obtained an email that Brown’s chief of staff, Nicolas Pappalardo, sent last Thursday to Queenie Yu – a former PC party worker who ran as an independent in the byelection – on a platform of opposing the new sex-ed curriculum.
The letter is attached to the email in which Pappalardo writes; “As a courtesy, please find attached an open letter to parents from the Leader of the PC Party of Ontario. It will be distributed in the riding this weekend.”
Brown and Pappalardo didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.