Patrick Brown Takes Vote
THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Patrick Brown has won the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership over PC Party Deputy Leader Christine Stewart.
Brown who was considered by many in the PC Party establishment as an outsider worked a solid ground-game grassroots campaign outselling his fellow candidates in terms of memberships.
Patrick Brown is currently a federal Member of Parliament, and does not hold a seat in the Ontario Legislature.
The ten month long leadership race saw the party at times struggle.
The battle now for Brown is likely to be to unite the party under his leadership. Most of the Progressive Conservative caucus supported Elliott as their choice for leader. Brown put together a winning team of supporters outside of the traditional PC establishment.
First steps for Brown will likely include finding a seat in the Ontario Legislature, as well as making an announcement on his future for his federal seat in Barrie Ontario.
Christine Elliott says, “I congratulate Patrick Brown on his success today. He has gained the confidence of members and earned a mandate to lead our Party. I wish him every success as leader and as future premier of Ontario.
I’d like to say thank you to the countless volunteers, members, donors, caucus colleagues and Conservative MPs who supported my campaign over the past 11 months.
I am confident that Progressive Conservatives will unite behind Patrick’s leadership. Our Party will restore Ontario’s place as the economic powerhouse of Canada.”