MPP Nicholls backs Brown for PC leader

Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP to Co-Chair Draft Patrick Brown campaign.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Toronto—The campaign to draft Patrick Brown as leader of the Ontario PC Party continues to generate momentum with its first public endorsement by a Member of Provincial Parliament. Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex, added his name to the more than 420 supporters, including federal Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, riding presidents, PC Party volunteers, and supporters who believe Brown represents the generational change the Party needs to win.

"As a winning Conservative in a GTA riding, Patrick is a proven campaigner with the drive, compassion, excitement level and experience our Party needs to win the next election," said Nicholls. "I'm supporting Patrick because of his enthusiastic outlook, high energy and fresh perspective, all of which I believe are needed to rebuild and renew our Party and lead us to victory."

Nicholls, a Deputy Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, was elected in 2011, and will serve as Co-Chair of the Draft Patrick Brown campaign.

Brown has been elected three times as Conservative Member of Parliament for Barrie. Like Prime Minister Harper, Patrick increased his plurality in each victory.

Patrick's work with new Canadian communities in the GTA and 20-years' experience in the Conservative movement make him uniquely able to build the broad, winning coalition our Party needs to win. For more information about the campaign to Draft Patrick Brown, please visit:

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