Brown writ­ing book on his ‘po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tion’

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - MICHELLE MCQUIGGE The Cana­dian Press

TORONTO — 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.”

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.

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 Jan. 24, 2017, I was all but as­sas­si­nated in pub­lic. Who did it, how and why? ... This was my dream, this was my nightmare.”

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. He would later re-en­ter the lead­er­ship con­test to re­claim his job, but pull out days later.

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

Patrick Brown

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