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EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK – Political memoirs, at least the Canadian variety, tend to be pretty tame, but former PC Leader Patrick Brown’s new book is causing quite a stir. Take Down: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown – a revised title, “Attempted” being added when his political career was resuscitated by winning the Brampton mayoralty – has many of his former colleagues scrambling to discredit his version of the events that led to his provincial downfall. Relations between Brown and his successor, Premier Doug Ford, were already frosty, and now figure to get downright arctic. Ditto for current cabinet ministers trashed in the book. Lisa MacLeod, for instance, initially declined to offer an opinion, scoffing, “I don’t comment on fiction.” But when she saw how Brown depicted her, particularly her mental health struggles (which she has been quite public about), she blasted his writing as “disgusting and cruel.”

“His was the biggest betrayal because I always thought I treated him well. I recall that Fedeli sucked up to me non-stop with compliments like ‘you’re the best leader we ever had’ and … ‘you inspire me.’ He’d lay it on thick; it was over the top at times. My experience with Fedeli was that he was extremely competent, but that he was also duplicitous and too ambitious for his own good.”

·          Excerpt from former PC Leader Patrick Brown’s new book, which is less than complimentary about many of his former colleagues, including the current Finance Minister. Brown’s memoir also tells of sexual harassment allegations against Fedeli in 2017 (never pursued, due to lack of evidence). Fedeli vehemently denies any such claim, and told reporters he is considering legal action against Brown. In a show of support, almost everyone in the PC caucus wore a yellow tie – Fedeli’s trademark apparel – in the House.

“I would rather have the endorsement of Kathleen Wynne than Patrick Brown. The lies in this book are disgusting.”

·          Premier Ford’s book review.

“It’s hard to watch, that’s for sure. It’s really hard to watch. I don’t like watching what are, in my opinion, bad decisions. I don’t like that at all, and it worries me enormously.”

Former Premier Wynne, in a Globe and Mail feature on what it’s like to sit in the Legislature while the government rapidly undoes many of her policies.  Asked which policy is toughest to see go, she answered (‘dryly,’ according to the Globe), “It’s hard to choose.”

Patrick Brown to be sworn in as Mayor of Brampton

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Mayor-elect Patrick Brown and the other 10 councillors will be sworn in on Monday, December 3 at a special ceremony at the Rose Theatre starting at 8 pm, according to the City of Brampton.

Returning councillors Jeff Bowman, Gurpreet Dhillon, Pat Fortini, Martin Medeiros, Michael Palleschi and Doug Whillans will be sworn in for the 2018-2022 council term, along with newly elected members Harkirat Singh, Rowena Santos, Paul Vicente and Charmaine Williams.

The inauguration ceremony will be live streamed on the city's website as well as on the large LED screen at Garden Square located outside the theatre. The stream will also be aired in the Conservatory at the ground floor of city hall and members of the public are invited to attend.

A number of dignitaries are expected to attend, including MPs, MPPs, and representatives from the Peel Regional Police, Peel Regional Paramedics as well as other community groups.

The official ceremony will run from 8 to 9 pm, followed by a reception at the Rose. The inauguration will include a Smudging Ceremony by a Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant, a ceremonial procession featuring a Lorne Scots Piper and Brampton Fire, Enforcement, Peel Regional Police and Paramedic Services Honour Guards.

This will be followed by the new Council taking the Declaration of Office, the Mayor's inaugural address and end with the Confirming By-law approval by the new Council.

“The residents of Brampton elected a city government that, under my leadership will be more aggressive on economic development, more focused on building a healthy community, we will demand our fair share of funding from provincial and federal governments and work towards building a Brampton of our dreams," Brown said in a statement.

"We have many challenges ahead of us, but I am certain together this newly elected City Council will get Brampton back on track."

As seating is limited at the venue itself, members of the public who want to attend in person are being asked to book their seats through the Rose Theatre Box Office