Patrick Brown emerged on Twitter Tuesday to thank supporters, lash out at “false allegations” and declare “the truth will come out.”
It was Brown's first public statement since he hurriedly resigned as Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader last month after "categorically" denying "troubling allegations" about his conduct and his character made by two women who spoke to CTV News.
On Tuesday, a message posted on Brown’s Twitter account praised supporters but also warned against false information.
I am immensely grateful for all the support expressed to my family and myself. #metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort.— Patrick Brown (@brownbarrie) February 6, 2018
False allegations however undermine that good work.
The truth will come out.
Thank you to all.
"I am immensely grateful for all the support expressed to my family and myself," said the tweet on Brown's account.
"#metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort. False allegations however undermine that good work. The truth will come out. Thank you to all."
Since Brown’s resignation, the party has scrambled to elect a new party leader. Businessperson and lawyer Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, has jumped into the race, as well as former MPP Christine Elliott and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford.
The party has also been grappling with the resignation of Rick Dykstra as president of the party days after Brown stepped down.
A story related to documents revealing a discussion over sexual assault allegations involving Dykstra, a former federal Conservative MP, has since been published in Maclean’s.
National Observer has not independently verified either of the allegations and they have not been tested in court.