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Patrick Brown in his own words

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Patrick Brown with his sister, Stephanie, at the Ontario PC leadership convention on May 9, 2015. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Patrick Brown with his sister, Stephanie, at the Ontario PC leadership convention on May 9, 2015. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

On Mother’s Day...

“We have a tradition of always going for brunch as a family ... I have an incredible, incredible mother. The first phone call I made (after winning the leadership) was to my grandmother Teresa Brown who’s turning 101 this week ... We have a history of celebrating Mother’s Day with both my grandmother and my mother.”

 

On building bridges in party divided by leadership campaign...

“I’ve actually started this for quite some time. We had a sense that we had the numbers to win this two months ago. I started reaching out to caucus... My sense is that everyone’s ready to be united, ready to face the real target which is a Liberal government that’s not in the best interest of Ontario... as I said to some of the people today who worked hardest for Christine, I said I’m glad to have you on my line now.”

 

On stuttering as a child...

 

“I did struggle... I went to the Clark Institute until I was probably eight or nine. I had a bad stutter and I was embarrassed to speak in public but my mother always said, ‘You be determined. You keep on practising.’ We went every week and then I overcame it.”

 

On remaking the Ontario PC Party...

 

“ I look at our party, at our caucus today, frankly, we don’t reflect Ontario. I’ll be very disappointed in my own leadership if we’re not able to attract quality star candidates from the divergent cultural communities that exist in Ontario. When you look at our caucus after the next general election, I want you to say, ‘That’s Ontario.’ “

 

On Doug Ford as a possible candidate...

 

“Doug Ford and Rob Ford did not support my candidacy but I bear no grudges. I’m willing to sit down and talk to any Conservative about how we build a Conservative coalition that can defeat this (Liberal) government.”

 

On why he wasn’t in Stephen Harper’s cabinet...

 

“The Prime Minister asked me to chair the GTA Caucus. He told me that was going to be the key electoral battleground for the party.”

 

On whether he’ll do his own running ad to counter Premier Kathleen Wynne’s iconic spot...

 

“(Laughing) I have not thought about what our television advertisements are going to be in the next election but one of the things I do miss... I haven’t been able to find the time for the sports that I love. I used to run daily and I haven’t had the time to do that.” 

 


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