Member of Parliament
MP Patrick Brown was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 federal election against the incumbent Liberal cabinet minister. He was re-elected by a margin of 15,000 votes in the fall 2008 election and by 21,000 votes to the second place NDP in the spring of 2011.
In the 41st Parliament, Patrick is playing an active role in serving as a member of the Standing Committee on Health, as a member of the Neurological Disorders Subcommittee, the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, the Juvenile Diabetes All Party Caucus and he is the Co-Chair of the Malaria Caucus. In 2011, Patrick was appointed by his party as the Chair for the Central Ontario Caucus.
Previously in 2006 and 2007 Patrick was a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights where he helped steer the Conservative justice agenda through committee. During the same period he was a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities which examined such important issues as labour law legislation and child care programs.
Patrick has long family roots in Barrie as his grandparents moved to Barrie close to seventy years ago. His educational pursuits include four years in political science at the University of Toronto, extensive French studies at l’University de Trois Rivieres and after he graduated Law School at the University of Windsor, he was an active Barrie lawyer based on Collier Street in the downtown core of Barrie
Mr. Brown was first elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was easily re-elected in 2003. He was a very active member of the Council at a time when Barrie City faced many tough challenges as its population nearly doubled in size.
These days, Patrick is playing a leadership role on international affairs for the Federal Government. He is chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association which focuses on building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Mr. Brown has also served on the executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Patrick is a resident of the southeast end of Barrie. In his spare time, Patrick is a marathon runner, an avid hockey and tennis player. His passion in public service is enhancing access to healthcare for Barrie residents and supporting the Royal Victoria Hospital.