Party source says Patrick Brown must undergo Ontario Tories vetting only because he was stripped of his riding nomination

Patrick Brown and other contenders may have declared their candidacy for the Ontario Conservatives’ leadership, but most won’t find out until Wednesday whether they’ve actually passed the party’s candidate vetting process and be allowed to run — another unique feature of an already unusual contest.

But Brown could have avoided the whole nerve-wracking process if the Tories’ interim leader had not removed him as a candidate in his riding, a senior party official said Tuesday.

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