Biography - Patrick Brown

Gordon Brown
Member of Parlament

Patrick 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 30 points in the fall 2008 election and by 35.4 points in the spring of 2011. In the 41st Parliament, Patrick is currently playing an active role in Parliament serving as a member of 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 and extensive community involvement. His grandparents first moved to Barrie close to sixty years ago. A two-term city councillor for the City of Barrie, he was first elected in 2000 and then re-elected in 2003 with the largest plurality of any member of council, garnering 72% of the vote. Patrick’s municipal experience included serving as Chair of the City Finance Committee, Barrie Hydro’s Board of Directors, Gryphon Theatre, Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority, Barrie Physician Recruitment Task Force, Barrie’s Public Library, City Development Committee, Youth Services Committee, Safe City Committee, East Bayfield Building Committee, Performing Arts Committee, Barrie Tourism Bureau and the International Relations Committee. He has also served the City of Barrie as Acting Mayor on five occasions.

Prior to being elected to Barrie City Council, Patrick served under MPP Toni Skarica as a Special Assistant to the Ministry of Finance and the Solicitor General’s Office from 1995 to 2000. He was also a member of the Ontario Attorney General’s policy advisory committee from 2001 to 2003; on the national council of the PC Party of Canada from 1998 to 2003; on the party’s management committee until 2000 and served as a vice president on the Ontario PC Party executive from 2002 to 2005.

Patrick is playing a leadership role on international affairs in the current Parliament. He is chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association which focuses on building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies. He also founded the Canada-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Group in 2011 and has served as both Chair and Co-chair with the group. Patrick has also served on the executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and represented Canada at the 2006 Commonwealth Conference in Abuja, Nigeria. His international experience prior to serving in Parliament included a position on the executive of the International Young Democracy Union for seven years and assisting in democratic building projects hosted by the Westminster Foundation.

After four years in political science at the University of Toronto, Patrick graduated Law School at the University of Windsor. He has also studied extensively in French at l’University de Trois Rivieres. Patrick was one of 10 recipients of the prestigious Magna Scholarship during his second year at Law School. Prior to his election to Parliament, Patrick was an active Barrie lawyer based on Collier Street in the downtown core of Barrie.

Patrick is a resident of the southeast end of Barrie. He is 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.