Laurie Scott says it’s onward and upward for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

The Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock M.P.P. says she was shocked when she learned of allegations of sexual misconduct against former party leader Patrick Brown.

Scott says Brown deserves due process but that the voices of the alleged victims need to be heard.

Scott says the party feels it will be able to respond swiftly in electing a new leader and preparing for the provincial election on June 7th.

Nipissing M.P.P. Vic Fedeli is the interim leader of the party but has said he won’t pursue the leadership on a permanent basis.

Scott was asked by the My Haliburton Now Newsroom if she would be throwing her hat into the leadership race.

The conservatives hope to have a new leader in place by March.