Brown’s decisive win only the start of Ontario PC makeover

TORONTO – Well, that was easy.

Patrick Brown swept to a decisive win in the PC Party leadership Saturday, easily defeating Christine Elliott to take the top job.

Now the tough slog begins.

He’ll have to unite a party that’s bitterly divided after a long, fractious campaign. The issue that gained most traction was the sex-ed curriculum.

The next pressing issue will be to find a seat — although that could be resolved with the fall federal election. There’s always the likelihood that a Tory MPP may run for the Harper Conservatives.

The key now is to bringing the party together. Brown’s first job should be to reach out to make peace with the MPPs who didn’t support him — and that’s the vast majority.

He was gracious in victory. He must continue that tone.


From the Star – Political conventions are all about renewal and rebirth.

But a 10-month race for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, which culminated this weekend with the election of Patrick Brown, was less about resurrection than revelation:

The provincial Tories revealed themselves to be in far worse condition than anyone had ever fathomed.

Now, under the unknown Brown — a right-leaning, pro-life, anti-gay-marriage social conservative — the PCs may be in bigger trouble than previously imagined. Never mind the last four election losses, and the virtual disappearance of the PCs from the GTA’s electoral map.

All that was well known.