Patrick Brown (politician)

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Patrick W. Brown
Member of Parliament
for Barrie
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Preceded by Aileen Carroll
Personal details
Born (1978-05-26) May 26, 1978 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Single
Residence Barrie, Ontario
Profession Lawyer

Patrick W. Brown (born May 26, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian lawyer and politician affiliated with the Conservative Party of Canada. In 2006, Brown was elected to serve in the Canadian parliament representing the riding of Barrie. Brown defeated Aileen Carroll, the incumbent Liberal MP and cabinet minister, in a re-match of the 2004 election in which he had been defeated.

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.

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 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 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, the largest margin of victory in the city that year.

Brown was re-elected to parliament in the 2008 election by a large margin, more than double that of the next candidate. He defeated the relatively unknown, newcomer Liberal candidate, Rick Jones, by 15,195 votes.[1] Liberal leader Stéphane Dion was immediately blamed for a substantially weaker Liberal showing at the polls across the country, which may have contributed to this wide margin.[2]

In the 2011 election, Brown was elected to his third term in office[3] by a wide margin.[4]

Brown announced that Southmedic Inc. will receive a contribution of up to $900,000, opening up 18 full-time jobs in the Barrie area, saying "The investment will allow Southmedic to innovate, compete, and further establish itself as a leader in the medical sector... The sector has increased steadily since 2000. Southmedic has been at the focal point of this growth."[5]

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


Hockey Night in Barrie[edit]

Growing up, Brown's grandmother Edna Tascona's hospital volunteerism gave him an appreciation of health care access close to home. Seeing an opportunity to contribute to Royal Victoria Hospital's ambitious I Believe expansion campaign, Brown founded the inaugural Hockey Night in Barrie summer hockey charity tournament in 2008. The annual charity hockey tournament features current and retired hockey players, Members of Parliament, local community leaders, and other celebrities. In its inaugural year, Hockey Night in Barrie raised $100,000 for the RVH, an amount that has continually grown every year, with $226,000 being raised in 2012, and has become the largest charity hockey game in Canada. .[6]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Hockey Night in Barrie 2010.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper & MP Patrick Brown at Hockey Night in Barrie 2010.
Don Cherry & Patrick at HNIB.
Don Cherry & MP Patrick Brown at Hockey Night in Barrie 2010.

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

Controversies[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barrie - Canada Votes - CBC.ca". CBC.ca. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  2. ^ O'Neill, Juliet (October 15, 2008). "Pressure mounts on Dion to quit following Liberal losses at polls". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ Bowe, Raymond (May 3, 2011). "Brown wins third term". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Barrie - Canada Votes 2011". CBC News. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  5. ^ Millington, Ali. "Simcoe - Barrie's Southmedic adds 18 jobs". Simcoe. Simcoe. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ Brown, Patrick (2012-08-26). "MP extends thanks to those who made cancer fundraiser a success". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  7. ^ Raj, Althia (2010-11-14). "Call for review of MPs' mailing privileges". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Vote #466 on September 26th, 2012". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Payton, Laura (September 21, 2012). "'Human being' motion excuse to open abortion debate, MPs say". CBC News. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tasha Kheiriddin
President, Progressive Conservative Youth Federation
1998 – 2002
Succeeded by
Keith Marlowe