Patrick Brown (politician)

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Patrick W. Brown
Member of Parliament
for Barrie
Assumed office
Preceded by Aileen Carroll
Personal details
Born (1978-05-26) May 26, 1978 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Residence Barrie, Ontario
Profession Lawyer

Patrick W. Brown (born May 26, 1978) is a Canadian politician. He is a Conservative member of the House of Commons who has represented the Ontario riding of Barrie since 2006. On November 20, 2014 he registered as a candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.[1]


Brown graduated from St. Michael's College School and then went on to study political science at the University of Toronto. He then graduated with a law degree from the University of Windsor. During his second year at law school, he was one of 10 recipients of the prestigious As Prime Minister Awards. He also worked for Magna International in their legal department over a period of four years.

Brown served two terms as President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF) from 1998 to 2002. He also served on the executive of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, as a Vice President. As PCYF President, Brown was one of the early supporters of a united right and drew criticism for his decision to support a united right from party leader Joe Clark and Member of Parliament Scott Brison. Nonetheless, Brown was later re-elected as PCYF president with 81 percent of the vote against Jonathan Frate of Manitoba.

Brown was the Deputy Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU).[when?] He has also represented Canada on a number of international assistance projects hosted by the IYDU.

Hockey night in Barrie[edit]

Shane Corson, Patrick Brown, and Mike Gartner 2012
Shayne Corson, Don Cherry, MP Patrick Brown, and Mike Gartner at Hockey Night in Barrie 2012.

For several years, Brown has been involved in the event, which raised $100,000 for the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2008 and has grown to over $225,000 in 2012. The charity hockey tournament features current and retired hockey players and other celebrities.[2]

Photograph of section from 2008 Hockey Night in Barrie flyer sent by the Member of Parliament for Barrie, Patrick Brown.

In 2008, Brown sent out a flyer in which he claimed that the Hockey Night in Barrie fundraiser for the RVH was his idea.[3] In a 2010 article about the fundraiser, Shayne Corson is quoted "It was myself and people from the RVH that started the original Hockey Night in Barrie and they've just kept it going." [4] A November 13, 2004 article confirms Corson's involvement in the November 19, 2004 edition of the fundraiser, but makes no mention of Brown.[5] Brown is mentioned, as a participant, in an April 16, 2006 article about the fundraiser, held that year under the moniker Go for the Goal.[6]


Brown was elected to the city of Barrie council in 2000 at age 22, defeating the incumbent councillor. He was re-elected in 2003 with 72 percent of the vote.

In the 2004 Federal election, Brown ran as the Conservative candidate in the riding of Barrie. He lost to incumbent Aileen Carroll by 1,295 votes.[7] Brown ran again in 2006 this time defeating Carroll by 1,523 votes.[8] He was re-elected in the 2008 election by 15,295 votes over Liberal candidate Rick Jones.[9][10] In the 2011 election, Brown was elected to his third term in office[11] by 30,975 votes.[12]

In November 2010, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation expressed concern about how Patrick Brown used his Canadian House of Commons account. He sent flyers to his riding which included a letter of support and a flyer from Barrie City Councillor Michael Prowse. Brown used his House of Commons account to pay for the mailing because Michael Prowse could not afford to send the flyer out himself.[13]

On September 26, 2012, Brown voted in favour of Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's private member's bill to create a special committee to examine the legal definition of when a fetus becomes a human being, which many argued would reopen the abortion debate in Canada. Brown did so despite the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper advised his caucus to vote against the bill.[14][15]

On September 28, 2014, he announced his intention to run in the 2015 Ontario party leadership election. He registered as a leadership candidate on November 20, 2014. He said that, unlike the other candidates, he was not involved in the four consecutive losses that have kept the Ontario PCs out of power since 2003.[citation needed]

There is some controversy over the fact Brown has not resigned his Federal seat during the provincial leadership contest.[16] Fellow Ontario MP Rick Dykstra has come out in support of his bid.[17]

Critics have accused Brown of being frequently absent from the House of Commons for votes since joining the Ontario PC Party leadership race. He has among the worst voting attendance in the Tory caucus and of any Ontario MP this year, and was in the bottom dozen or so among all members of Parliament between the months of September and December. [18]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Patrick Brown 32,121 56.69 +4.32
New Democratic Myrna Clark 11,846 20.91 +8.90
Liberal Colin Wilson 9,111 16.08 -7.80
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,271 5.77 -5.33
Libertarian Darren Roskam 150 0.26 -0.23
Marxist–Leninist Christine Nugent 82 0.14 -0.02
Canadian Action Jeff Sakula 77 0.14
Total valid votes/Expense limit 56,651 100.00
Total rejected ballots 174 0.31
Turnout 56,825 60.70
     Conservative hold Swing -2.29
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Patrick Brown 27,927 52.37 +10.5 $91,512
Liberal Rick Jones 12,732 23.88 -15.3 $80,023
New Democratic Myrna Clark 6,403 12.01 -0.2 $16,038
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 5,921 11.10 +4.3 $58,204
Libertarian Paolo Fabrizio 260 0.49 N/A $171
Marxist–Leninist Christine Anne Nugent 84 0.16 N/A $0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,327 100 $92,671
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Patrick Brown 23,999 41.88 +1.8 $81,530
Liberal Aileen Carroll 22,476 39.18 -3.5 $69,313
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 6,984 12.18 +1.5 $14,496
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,874 6.76 +0.2 $19,036
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 21,233 42.7
Conservative Patrick Brown 19,938 40.1
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 5,312 10.7
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,288 6.6


  1. ^ Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Brown, Patrick (August 26, 2012). "MP extends thanks to those who made cancer fundraiser a success". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Photo of section from 2008 Hockey Night in Barrie Newsletter sent by Member of Parliament for Barrie, Patrick Brown". 
  4. ^ Sweet, Stephen (August 13, 2010). "Hockey night a real winner". The Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Browne, Cheryl (November 13, 2004). "Pucks for Buck$". The Barrie Examiner. 
  6. ^ Cruickshank, Nicki (April 16, 2006). "Royal Victoria Hospital fundraising takes centre ice". The Barrie Examiner. 
  7. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. 
  8. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16. 
  9. ^ "Ontario Results". The Toronto Star. October 15, 2008. p. U2. 
  10. ^ "Barrie - Canada Votes -". 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  11. ^ Bowe, Raymond (May 3, 2011). "Brown wins third term". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  12. ^ "Barrie - Canada Votes 2011". CBC News. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  13. ^ Raj, Althia (2010-11-14). "Call for review of MPs' mailing privileges". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  14. ^ "Vote #466 on September 26th, 2012". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Payton, Laura (September 21, 2012). "'Human being' motion excuse to open abortion debate, MPs say". CBC News. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Brown launches bid for Ontario PC leadership, promises ‘fresh start’". Globe and Mail. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rick Dykstra will not seek Ontario PC leadership bid". News Talk 610 CKTB Radio. September 12, 2014. 
  18. ^

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Tasha Kheiriddin
Progressive Conservative Youth Federation

1998 – 2002
Succeeded by
Keith Marlowe