Optimum Publishing International Responds to Doug Ford's Comments

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Optimum Publishing International responds to Doug Ford's comments on Patrick Brown's new book, launching Nov. 16.

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Yesterday on Twitter and today in the Ontario Legislature, Premier Doug Ford has mischaracterized the book to the public as it relates to Lisa Macleod and Mr. Brown's ongoing support for her mental health challenges.

"I insisted we always give the benefit of the doubt," said Patrick Brown.

Brown writes in the book that he went out of his way to support Lisa MacLeod when she came forward with her mental health battle. He went against the advice of the PC Chair of the Eastern Ontario region and party officials and disqualified MacLeod's nomination challengers. He articulates in his book about the support and help he provided. We would hope that the journalistic community will review the content and report on this aspect accurately and without bias.

As Ontarians may be aware Mr. Brown introduced the largest proposed public investment in combating mental health in the People's Guarantee, something the current Government continues to support.

As a direct excerpt from the book please see the following key narrative dispelling anything Premier Ford has said in public.

From Page 105-106 of the book: "There was a candidate, Goldie Ghamari, who was running against MacLeod in Ottawa for the nomination. So what did I do? I called Ghamari and told her that she could run in any other riding, but not against MacLeod. Period. I thought she'd beat MacLeod handily, so I intervened to protect her. Six months later, another candidate, Ottawa businessman Riven Zhang, decided to run for the nomination against MacLeod. He had a very big Chinese community behind him. Again, I went to MacLeod and told her not to worry about the nomination because I was protecting her."

"Brown's book addresses how allies, friends, caucus members and political opponents were instrumental in his downfall in the moment of crises and in the months leading to," said Dean Baxendale

The book is a Number 1 best seller on www.Amazon.ca  

Few books have ever moved to the number 1 position in a category overnight.

The book will be on sale TODAY across Ontario and Nationally next week.

About Optimum Publishing International

Optimum is also launching Bad Blood by Vic Parsons in December to coincide with an eight-part docudrama https://www.unspeakableseries.com/  to be aired on CBC and Showtime in early January.

Optimum is known for delivering sensational crime and political best sellers spanning 40 years. The Canadian Connection, 1976 by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau. Montreal underworld:  Beyond Reason by Margaret Trudeau, French Worldwide/ Global Syndication in French and English.

Other books: Up the Hill by the Treasury Board President, Donald Johnson MP, 1986: 
This land is our land: The Mohawk revolt at Oka. MacLaine, C., Baxendale, M. S., & Galbraith, R. (1990). From the Plains of Africa to the Jungles of Parliament, Barry Turner MP, 2012. 
General Beatty's book, Bullet Proof Flag, Canada's Peace Keepers in Cyprus, 2014 www.optimumpulishinginternational.com

For book interviews please contact publicity@optimumpublishinginternational.com or call 647 970-1973

Take Down, The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown NO. 1

No. 1 Best Sellers in Political Biographies and Memoirs

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In one day, the book took over Jean Chretien, John Dean and Bill Bowder.

No book in Canadian History accomplished that feat!

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    Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination…

    Patrick Brown

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    CDN$ 36.32 

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    My Stories, My Times

    Jean Chretien

    5.0 out of 5 stars 7

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The Political Comeback of the Decade

Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown Makes Comeback in Brampton

The Political Comeback of the Decade

TORONTO, ON, CANADA, October 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ --Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination ofPatrick BrownHardcover $39.95

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PB is better off away from the PC Party's nest of vipers.These Keystone Kops of politics, couldn’t organize a secret stab-in-the-back conference call any better than they could a one-car funeral.”— Christie Blatchford, National Post Newspaper

Who is on the right side of political history in Ontario?

Today, Optimum announces the Publishing date for Patrick Brown’s tell-all book Takedown, The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown. This searing critique of the rivals and colleagues who betrayed him, and the friends, family, and supporters who stood by him is a political story like no other.

In the most compelling political memoir this century, Brown takes you through his rise in politics, his successes and failures—and most importantly, the events that led to his swift fall from grace.

Even before the TV cameras went out, his closest advisors were headed for the exits, negotiating with rival campaigns that supposedly didn’t even exist. There’s no question that Brown was the victim of a smear job, but one paid for by whom? Liberal? PC Party? Bay Street? or rogue actors?

CHAPTER 5: NIGHT OF KNIVES

“I listened to my caucus, my team, my colleagues. I remember that early into the call, someone said, ‘Oh, that fucking Lisa has already gone out with a statement.’

"As I listened in, what I heard horrified me. Some of my colleagues had transformed into hyenas.”

Chapter 5 chronicles and captures Brown’s thoughts and emotions as he and Thompson (his communications director) listened to the caucus call for 20 minutes; until announcing they had been on the call for its entirety. This compelling chapter will take the reader through an emotional journey of what took place before and leading to his unintended resignation.

The call was released by Maclean's magazine a month later.Macleanswill release an interview on the book on November 15th.

The book is a who's who of both the past Liberal and the PC government as well as the Conservative establishment both in Ontario and Ottawa.

A sample from the INDEX of all Indexes ……. .www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/dFTd9s673o1j2tRuN67UQA

TAKE DOWN, The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

For Immediate Release

Toronto
October 22, 2018

Take Down, The Attempted Assassination of Patrick Brown
Hard Cover $39.95

See Full release @ www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/QRXxbdNQEf8_We7YREpiZA 

"We were making great strides towards a more inclusive, modern, business-savvy Ontario. Yes, it appeared I would be Premier of Canada's largest province by age 40. Instead, on January 24th, 2018, I was all but assassinated in public. Who did it, how, and why? This is a story of betrayal, blackmail, and backroom politicking involving some of Canada's biggest political names. This was my dream, this was my nightmare. 

I'm Patrick Brown, and this is my story." 

OPI is pleased to announce Patrick Brown's sensational new book that will captivate audiences across the country. From his precocious victory as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader in 2015; to his rebuilding of the antiquated party from scratch; to the suspicious speed of events leading to the early morning resignation as the party's leader; Brown will tell a story like no other politician has, in a cultural moment in time, like none other in history. 

"Brown's book will address how allies, friends, caucus members and political opponents were instrumental in his downfall during the moment of crises and months leading to." said Dean Baxendale, Publisher. 

With Mr. Browns stunning victory in Brampton on October 22nd this is the political comeback story of the decade.

The book is scheduled to be in stores by November 15, with a full media and book tour. National newspaper and magazine syndication is expected.  Theatrical rights are currently available.   

For interviews, media tour and theatrical rights information, please contact publicity@optimumpublishinginternational.com or call 647 970-1973.

Setting the Record Straight Patrick Brown Speaks Out

Matt Galloway interviews Hannah Thibedeau on her unprecedented interview with Patrick Brown

www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/metro-morning/segment/15547511  

On Power Politics http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/power-and-politics

More on the story

"You want to get answers on this, Patrick Brown was the leader under this whole group of people," Ford said during an event earlier this month in Baysville, Ont., when questioned about a private company's claim that data belonging to 60,000 customers had been breached.

The company, 407 ETR, runs a toll highway. Simmer Sandhu, who worked for the company for nine years, recently quit as the PC candidate in Brampton East over what he called allegations "pertaining to both my work life and my nomination campaign."

Brown has kept a relatively low profile since stepping down as leader in January after CTV News reported that two women were accusing him of sexual assault.

Brown has denied the reports and is suing CTV for $8 million. CTV News says it stands by the story.

But Ford's repeated claim that Brown left the party in ruins has drawn him out. Hours before the three major party leaders gathered Sunday night for the final debate of the election, Brown sat down with CBC News to talk about how the PC campaign is going so far — and to suggest that Ford is dropping the ball.

[The Progressive Conservatives] have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory before, but never with a lead this big. - former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown

"You know, Doug may not have wanted to say, 'Talk to Patrick Brown,'" he said. "Because the facts tell a very different story.

"When I left we had a 20-point lead in the polls, a massive financial advantage, the largest membership, the most diverse membership in the province of Ontario. And we were winning by-elections left, right and centre."

That early advantage for the PCs seems to have evaporated over the course of the campaign. On Jan. 13, less than two weeks before Brown's resignation, the CBC Poll Tracker gave the PCs a lead of 12.5 points over the governing Liberals; the NDP was trailing in third, at 22 per cent.

On Mar. 11, the day after Progressive Conservatives elected Doug Ford as their leader, the party held a 20-point lead over the Liberals. The New Democrats trailed far behind at 24 per cent.

PCs' election to lose

On Monday, the day after the final leaders' debate, the PCs were at 35.9 per cent to the NDP's 35.2 per cent in the CBC's polling average.

"This is the Progressive Conservatives' election to lose," Brown said, adding that — given the substantial head-start the party had going into the campaign — anything short of a majority PC government would look like failure.

"[The Progressive Conservatives] have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory before, but never with a lead this big. Never with an advantage this big. The PCs had a slight lead in previous elections and it evaporated, but never anything like this."

Sandhu's resignation and lingering questions about 407 ETR data aren't the only dark clouds hanging over Progressive Conservative candidate nominations during this campaign. In February, the party overturned two nominations in Scarborough Centre and Ottawa West-Nepean following reports of voting irregularities.

More recently, Ford himself was accused of interfering in a local party nomination race by signing up bogus members to help a candidate of his choice. The Liberals released documents and an audio recording of Ford that they claimed show him suggesting the fees would be paid by others — a violation of party rules.

"It was so frustrating," Brown said. He called on Elections Ontario to run party nominations to avoid allegations of manipulation of memberships.

"A party run by volunteers isn't adequately equipped to run nominations because they can be enormous affairs," he said.

"When the stakes are the opportunity to become an MPP and the opportunity to be part of a winning team, people will go to extensive lengths to win those nominations. And we've seen in some cases inappropriate lengths to win those nominations."

TAKE DOWN, The Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

For Immediate Release

Toronto
October 22, 2018

Take Down, The Attempted Assassination of Patrick Brown
Hard Cover $39.95

See Full release @ www.einpresswire.com/shareable-preview/QRXxbdNQEf8_We7YREpiZA 

"We were making great strides towards a more inclusive, modern, business-savvy Ontario. Yes, it appeared I would be Premier of Canada's largest province by age 40. Instead, on January 24th, 2018, I was all but assassinated in public. Who did it, how, and why? This is a story of betrayal, blackmail, and backroom politicking involving some of Canada's biggest political names. This was my dream, this was my nightmare. 

I'm Patrick Brown, and this is my story." 

OPI is pleased to announce Patrick Brown's sensational new book that will captivate audiences across the country. From his precocious victory as Ontario Progressive Conservative leader in 2015; to his rebuilding of the antiquated party from scratch; to the suspicious speed of events leading to the early morning resignation as the party's leader; Brown will tell a story like no other politician has, in a cultural moment in time, like none other in history. 

"Brown's book will address how allies, friends, caucus members and political opponents were instrumental in his downfall in the moment of crises and months leading to." said Dean Baxendale, Publisher. 

The book is scheduled to be in stores by November 15, with a full media and book tour. National newspaper and magazine syndication is expected.  Theatrical rights are currently available.   

For interviews, media tour and theatrical rights information, please contact publicity@optimumpublishinginternational.com or call 647 970-1973.