MPP Jack MacLaren booted from Conservative Caucus

May 29, 2017 by


Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren was kicked out of the Conservative Party of Ontario's caucus Sunday after a video from 2012 emerged showing him hinting at a hidden agenda and making negative comments about French language rights.

PC Leader Patrick Brown called it the "final straw" with MacLaren, writing in a statement: "Each time Jack MacLaren is caught making disparaging or insensitive remarks about others he asks for forgiveness and a second chance. And a third chance. And a fourth," Brown said Sunday in a strongly worded statement. And each and every time, he has disappointed those who have put their trust in him."

MacLaren has been expelled from the PC caucus and will not be allowed to run for the party in the next provincial election.

The video, posted online by 580 CFRA, shows Jack MacLaren talking to a group of people and agreeing with people lamenting French language rights in eastern Ontario.

In his statement, Brown pointed to past problems with MacLaren: "Clearly the real Jack MacLaren is the one we heard making derogatory comments towards women at the Carp Fair Men's Night, who published fake testimonials praising himself from fake constituents on his website, and who came out against a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse."

Brown previously ordered MacLaren to stay away from the legislature until he completed sensitivity training after he made vulgar remarks about a female MP at a men's night fundraiser.

MacLaren has not responded to media requests but issued a statement saying that had joined the Trillium Party of Ontario "after months of deliberation and discussion with my constituents."

His website has removed all mentions of the Conservative Party of Ontario.