Ont. Tories ready to 'move on' after Brown gives up leadership bid: interim leader

Ontario Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown addresses supporters and the media in Toronto on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A day after the former leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives gave up his bid to reclaim his job, the party's interim leader says they are ready to move on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Ontario Conservative leadership candidate Patrick Brown addresses supporters and the media in Toronto on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A day after the former leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives gave up his bid to reclaim his job, the party's interim leader says they are ready to move on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO - A day after the former leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives gave up his bid to reclaim his job, the party's interim leader says they are ready to move on.

In a news conference Tuesday morning, Vic Fedeli appeared set on distancing the party from the controversy surrounding Patrick Brown's resignation and his short-lived campaign to regain the Tory leadership.

Fedeli would not answer questions related to his decision to turf Brown from the party caucus earlier this month, nor would he say whether Brown will be allowed to run as a Tory candidate in the province's spring election.

While acknowledging that the last 10 days have been "unprecedented in Ontario politics," Fedeli nonetheless insisted the party has never been in better shape and is ready to form government.

Brown abruptly resigned in late January amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he has repeatedly denied.

After leading a mounting campaign to clear his name, he announced he would join four other candidates in running to lead the party. But he backed out of the race Monday, saying his candidacy had become too hard on his family and had become a distraction.

The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. 2018

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