Ont. Conservative MPP says she flagged Brown rumors to party weeks ago

BREAKING: Pro-abortion Ontario Conservative leader resigns over sex allegations

"The roles and critic roles are up to the leader", Clark said.

News of the shuffling of top party players comes as the PCs try to contain another internal clash over whether to hold an open leadership race in the coming months or go into the June 7 provincial election with Fedeli as leader.

The Tory caucus chose Vic Fedeli as its interim leader on Friday, and caucus members had hoped the Nipissing MPP would maintain the leadership role throughout the campaign.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is enthusiastic about the choice of his legislature seat-mate Vic Fedeli as interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives, saying he'll be an "exceptional leader".

Fedeli can run in the leadership race and declared his intention to be a candidate, noting he respected the executive's decision.

The caucus itself remains divided on whether a leadership race should be held prior to the June election or whether energies would be better spent campaigning to win.

"I have a job here that's keeping me fully occupied and there is so much to do here in the City of Toronto", he tweeted.

"No matter whether you work in politics or the arts or music or any type of business, you need to have the atmosphere where victims can come forward and talk about what they face". When reminded how fast things can change in the political arena Fedeli said "ain't that the truth".

In an email sent out to party members, the president of the Eglinton-Lawrence riding association in Toronto urged the party to stick to its decision to initiate a fair and open leadership race.

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"I think that the blemish that we had is gone", MacLeod said.

Fideli, a former two-term mayor of North Bay, said in a press release "it is humbling and an hour to have the unanimous support of my friends in the Ontario PC Caucus and I graciously accept the position of leader". "You're going to see lots of great people having lots of spirited debates".

"Our party is stronger when all of our members across the province have their voices heard about who will lead us into the next election", she said in a statement on Twitter.

"The Ontario PC Party is not made up of 28 people. I look fwd to hearing more details".

Among the other names now circulating as potential leadership candidates are several Tory members who aren't part of the legislative caucus. The allegations have not been independently verified by The Canadian Press, and Brown has said they are "categorically untrue".

The move was met with cautious optimism by those who favour an open contest, such as dozens of current PC candidates, including Caroline Mulroney, whose name has been floated as a possible leadership contender.

Fedeli also immediately took aim at Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Brown stepped down as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader early Thursday after emphatically denying what he called "troubling allegations" about his conduct and his character.

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