Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brown Says He Didn't Know Ex-Caucus Member Was Planning to Join Fringe Party

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brown Says He Didn't Know Ex-Caucus Member Was Planning to Join Fringe Party

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Brown says he didn't know MacLaren's plans

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TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says he didn't know former caucus member Jack MacLaren had been planning to join a fringe party.

Brown kicked MacLaren out of the caucus on Sunday, citing a 2012 video that showed him hinting at a hidden party agenda and making negative comments about French language rights.

But MacLaren says the party had known about the video for years and suggests the real reason for his expulsion was that Brown found out he had joined the Trillium party on Friday.

Brown, who became party leader in 2015, says regardless of whether the previous regime knew about the video, he did not know about it until this past weekend.

Brown says there had been rumours for about two years that MacLaren was going to form his own party, but he didn't know anything about MacLaren's plans to join the Trillium party before he fired him. …

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