With municipal elections around the corner, some drama has been brewing in Brampton’s political scene over the past few days.
You might have heard that former PC leader Patrick Brown is running for Mayor in Brampton.
A year ago, anyone would have predicted that Brown was going to be Ontario’s next premier.
That was until Brown was turfed from his party and position following controversial and disputed sexual misconduct allegations—allegations that prompted him to sue CTV for $8 million and begin crafting a tell-all memoir about what he calls a “political assassination.”
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The move comes very shortly on the heels of Premier Doug Ford’s unexpected announcement that his government is cancelling the regional chair elections in Peel, York, Niagara and Muskoka.
Brown registered to run for Peel Regional Chair on Tuesday, July 3, beginning a rather improbable political comeback following his dramatic ousting from the Ontario PC party.
A source told inBrampton.com that Brown also maintains a residence in Brampton.
Now that he has officially registered to run for Mayor, incumbent Mayor Linda Jeffrey has spoken up about the unexpected move.
And she’s not impressed.
“While I welcome Mr. Brown’s entry into the race I would like to bring to the attention of Brampton voters that the ink barely dried on his lease before he decided to seek our city’s highest office,” reads a recent statement from Mayor Jeffrey.
“Compare this to my 35 plus years of living, working and volunteering in Brampton as well as representing constituents on City Council and in the Legislature prior to being elected Mayor.”
Throughout his political career, Brown has primarily represented Barrie in a number of positions, including City Councillor and MP, starting in the early 2000s.
It’s true that his run in politics has been controversial.
In her statement, she goes on to say that Brown would bring “chaos” and “continue fighting old political battles which will harm Brampton in the long run.”
According to Mayor Jeffrey, Brown “hasn’t lived here long enough to make a meaningful contribution to Brampton, let alone warrant support from voters.”
Mayor Jeffrey states that Brown isn’t serious about representing Brampton and is simply using the election for his own gain.
“If Mr. Brown was serious about representing the people of our city he should have invested some time to get to know and be involved in our community instead of using the Mayor’s office to rehabilitate his political career,” reads the statement.
The statement was posted on Mayor Jeffrey’s social media accounts. On Facebook, residents had mixed opinions.
While some support Mayor Jeffrey, it seems that Brown has a number of supporters in Brampton, too.
Seven candidates are officially registered to run for Mayor, including Brown, Mayor Jeffrey, City Councillor John Sprovieri, and lawyer Wesley Jackson.
The municipal election is happening on October 22, 2018.
Here’s Mayor Jeffrey’s full statement:
What do you think of Brown running for Mayor in Brampton?