Barrie MP Patrick Brown wins Ontario Tory leadership race

News May 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Barrie Conservative MP Patrick Brown has won the Ontario Tory leadership contest with a resounding win over Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott.

“This is a great day for the Conservative Party of Ontario,” says Brown, flanked by Elliott, and Haldimand-Norfolk Tory MPP Toby Barrett on the Toronto Congress Centre stage

He was elected party leader May 10 after about a half hour as the members anxiously watched each riding's voting results displayed on the video screens.

Brown took all four Hamilton ridings, while also winning Niagara West-Glanbrook, St. Catharines, Welland, and most of the ridings in northern Ontario.  He also won the Brantford ridings, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Halton. But he did lose Oakville and Burlington to Elliott. The winning candidate had to reach 5,292 electoral votes to win the contest. Party officials say Brown took 62 per cent of the party vote.

Elliott congratulated Brown, and made the vote unanimous.

"I certainly won't hold any grudges," Brown told reporters later. "Frankly those (individuals) that performed and did great work for Christine I look to them and say I'm excited to have their tenacity on my team."

Brown, who is a sitting MP from Barrie, will talk to Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to schedule his farewell speech, "as soon as possible."

He did not indicate when he will seek election as an MPP, but said he wants to be in the Ontario Legislature before the 2018 provincial election. A sitting MPP will have to resign for Brown to run for the position, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has to call for a by-election.

Brown says the party is stronger now after the leadership race that has increased its membership from 10,000 to nearly 80,000 people. He also made a point during his victory speech to recognize various diverse communities that supported him, including Chinese, Tamils and South-east Asians.

Brown said the Progressive Conservative Party is the "only party that reflects modern Ontario" with its diverse cultural groups, and union support. He said "almost every major cultural group" backed his leadership campaign. He acknowledged he wasn't supported by the Tory party's establishment.

"The party I'm building is very different than you are accustomed to covering," Brown told the media. "This was an effort to rebuild the party, reshape the party."

Brown has designated Simcoe-Grey Tory MPP Jim Wilson, who was the party's interim leader after former leader Tim Hudak resigned, to represent him in the Ontario Legislature. And with only three weeks remaining in this sitting, he will not be shuffling any critic positions.

“Today is a celebration for all,” said Brown. “We have put the party on the map."

 

Barrie MP Patrick Brown wins Ontario Tory leadership race

News May 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Barrie Conservative MP Patrick Brown has won the Ontario Tory leadership contest with a resounding win over Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott.

“This is a great day for the Conservative Party of Ontario,” says Brown, flanked by Elliott, and Haldimand-Norfolk Tory MPP Toby Barrett on the Toronto Congress Centre stage

He was elected party leader May 10 after about a half hour as the members anxiously watched each riding's voting results displayed on the video screens.

Brown took all four Hamilton ridings, while also winning Niagara West-Glanbrook, St. Catharines, Welland, and most of the ridings in northern Ontario.  He also won the Brantford ridings, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Halton. But he did lose Oakville and Burlington to Elliott. The winning candidate had to reach 5,292 electoral votes to win the contest. Party officials say Brown took 62 per cent of the party vote.

Elliott congratulated Brown, and made the vote unanimous.

"I certainly won't hold any grudges," Brown told reporters later. "Frankly those (individuals) that performed and did great work for Christine I look to them and say I'm excited to have their tenacity on my team."

Brown, who is a sitting MP from Barrie, will talk to Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to schedule his farewell speech, "as soon as possible."

He did not indicate when he will seek election as an MPP, but said he wants to be in the Ontario Legislature before the 2018 provincial election. A sitting MPP will have to resign for Brown to run for the position, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has to call for a by-election.

Brown says the party is stronger now after the leadership race that has increased its membership from 10,000 to nearly 80,000 people. He also made a point during his victory speech to recognize various diverse communities that supported him, including Chinese, Tamils and South-east Asians.

Brown said the Progressive Conservative Party is the "only party that reflects modern Ontario" with its diverse cultural groups, and union support. He said "almost every major cultural group" backed his leadership campaign. He acknowledged he wasn't supported by the Tory party's establishment.

"The party I'm building is very different than you are accustomed to covering," Brown told the media. "This was an effort to rebuild the party, reshape the party."

Brown has designated Simcoe-Grey Tory MPP Jim Wilson, who was the party's interim leader after former leader Tim Hudak resigned, to represent him in the Ontario Legislature. And with only three weeks remaining in this sitting, he will not be shuffling any critic positions.

“Today is a celebration for all,” said Brown. “We have put the party on the map."

 

Barrie MP Patrick Brown wins Ontario Tory leadership race

News May 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Barrie Conservative MP Patrick Brown has won the Ontario Tory leadership contest with a resounding win over Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott.

“This is a great day for the Conservative Party of Ontario,” says Brown, flanked by Elliott, and Haldimand-Norfolk Tory MPP Toby Barrett on the Toronto Congress Centre stage

He was elected party leader May 10 after about a half hour as the members anxiously watched each riding's voting results displayed on the video screens.

Brown took all four Hamilton ridings, while also winning Niagara West-Glanbrook, St. Catharines, Welland, and most of the ridings in northern Ontario.  He also won the Brantford ridings, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Halton. But he did lose Oakville and Burlington to Elliott. The winning candidate had to reach 5,292 electoral votes to win the contest. Party officials say Brown took 62 per cent of the party vote.

Elliott congratulated Brown, and made the vote unanimous.

"I certainly won't hold any grudges," Brown told reporters later. "Frankly those (individuals) that performed and did great work for Christine I look to them and say I'm excited to have their tenacity on my team."

Brown, who is a sitting MP from Barrie, will talk to Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to schedule his farewell speech, "as soon as possible."

He did not indicate when he will seek election as an MPP, but said he wants to be in the Ontario Legislature before the 2018 provincial election. A sitting MPP will have to resign for Brown to run for the position, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has to call for a by-election.

Brown says the party is stronger now after the leadership race that has increased its membership from 10,000 to nearly 80,000 people. He also made a point during his victory speech to recognize various diverse communities that supported him, including Chinese, Tamils and South-east Asians.

Brown said the Progressive Conservative Party is the "only party that reflects modern Ontario" with its diverse cultural groups, and union support. He said "almost every major cultural group" backed his leadership campaign. He acknowledged he wasn't supported by the Tory party's establishment.

"The party I'm building is very different than you are accustomed to covering," Brown told the media. "This was an effort to rebuild the party, reshape the party."

Brown has designated Simcoe-Grey Tory MPP Jim Wilson, who was the party's interim leader after former leader Tim Hudak resigned, to represent him in the Ontario Legislature. And with only three weeks remaining in this sitting, he will not be shuffling any critic positions.

“Today is a celebration for all,” said Brown. “We have put the party on the map."