Patrick Brown (politician)
|Patrick W. Brown|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Aileen Carroll|
May 26, 1978 |
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.
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.
Hockey night in Barrie
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.
In 2008, Brown sent out a flyer in which he claimed that the Hockey Night in Barrie fundraiser for the RVH was his idea. 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."  A November 13, 2004 article confirms Corson's involvement in the November 19, 2004 edition of the fundraiser, but makes no mention of Brown. 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.
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. Brown ran again in 2006 this time defeating Carroll by 1,523 votes. He was re-elected in the 2008 election by 15,295 votes over Liberal candidate Rick Jones. In the 2011 election, Brown was elected to his third term in office by 30,975 votes.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Myrna Clark||11,846||20.91||+8.90|
|Canadian Action||Jeff Sakula||77||0.14||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||56,651||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||174||0.31||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Myrna Clark||6,403||12.01||-0.2||$16,038|
|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|
|New Democratic||Peter Bursztyn||6,984||12.18||+1.5||$14,496|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Peter Bursztyn||5,312||10.7|
- www.ontariopc.com. Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario http://www.ontariopc.com/OurParty/Leadership
|url=missing title (help). Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- Brown, Patrick (August 26, 2012). "MP extends thanks to those who made cancer fundraiser a success". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
- "Photo of section from 2008 Hockey Night in Barrie Newsletter sent by Member of Parliament for Barrie, Patrick Brown". http://thebrownretort.blogspot.ca/2009/12/rvh-expansion-whos-paying-and-whos-just.html.
- Sweet, Stephen (August 13, 2010). "Hockey night a real winner". The Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- Browne, Cheryl (November 13, 2004). "Pucks for Buck$". The Barrie Examiner.
- Cruickshank, Nicki (April 16, 2006). "Royal Victoria Hospital fundraising takes centre ice". The Barrie Examiner.
- "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14.
- "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16.
- "Ontario Results". The Toronto Star. October 15, 2008. p. U2.
- "Barrie - Canada Votes - CBC.ca". CBC.ca. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Brown launches bid for Ontario PC leadership, promises ‘fresh start’". Globe and Mail. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Rick Dykstra will not seek Ontario PC leadership bid". News Talk 610 CKTB Radio. September 12, 2014.
- How'd They Vote?: Patrick Brown's voting history
- Patrick Brown (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
- official Member of Parliament website
- official Ontario PC leadership campaign website
|Party political offices|
Progressive Conservative Youth Federation
1998 – 2002