Patrick Brown (politician)
|Patrick W. Brown|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Aileen Carroll|
May 26, 1978 |
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 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.
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. 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.
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."
Hockey Night in Barrie
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. .
|Barrie - Canadian federal election, 2011|
|Conservative||Patrick Brown||32,121||56.7||+ 4.34|
|New Democratic||Myrna Clark||11,842||20.9||+ 8.9|
|Liberal||Colin Wilson||9,113||16.1||- 6.77|
|Green Party||Erich Jacoby-Hawkins||3,266||5.8||- 5.3|
|Communist Party of Canada||Christine Nugent||82||0.1||- 0.05|
|Canada Action Party||Jeff Sakula||77||0.1||-|
|Total valid votes||56,825|
|Barrie - Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Conservative||Patrick Brown||27,927||52.36||+ 10.49|
|Liberal||Rick Jones||12,732||22.87||- 3.48 (party)|
|New Democratic||Myrna Clark||6,403||12.00||-0.17 (party)|
|Green Party||Erich Jacoby-Hawkins||5,921||11.10||+ 4.34|
|Libertarian||Paolo Fabrizio||260||0.48||+ 4.34|
|Communist Party of Canada||Christine Nugent||84||0.15||-|
|Total valid votes||53,493|
|Barrie - Canadian federal election, 2006|
|Conservative||Patrick Brown||22,999||41.87||+ 1.81|
|Liberal||Aileen Carroll||22,456||39.18||- 3.48|
|New Democratic||Peter Bursztyn||6,978||12.17||+ 1.5|
|Green Party||Erich Jacoby-Hawkins||3,875||6.76||+ 0.16|
|Total valid votes||57,498|
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 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.
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. 
- "Barrie - Canada Votes - CBC.ca". CBC.ca. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
- O'Neill, Juliet (October 15, 2008). "Pressure mounts on Dion to quit following Liberal losses at polls". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Bowe, Raymond (May 3, 2011). "Brown wins third term". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Barrie - Canada Votes 2011". CBC News. May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- Millington, Ali. "Simcoe - Barrie's Southmedic adds 18 jobs". Simcoe. Simcoe. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- Brown, Patrick (2012-08-26). "MP extends thanks to those who made cancer fundraiser a success". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- Raj, Althia (2010-11-14). "Call for review of MPs' mailing privileges". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
- "Vote #466 on September 26th, 2012". Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Payton, Laura (September 21, 2012). "'Human being' motion excuse to open abortion debate, MPs say". CBC News. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- How'd They Vote?: Patrick Brown's voting history
- Patrick Brown (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
- Patrick's website
- Free Dominion Article on Patrick's clash with Scott Brison
|Party political offices|
|President, Progressive Conservative Youth Federation
1998 – 2002