Who is Patrick Brown?
Patrick 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 the City of Barrie faced many tough challenges as its population nearly doubled in size.
Patrick was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 federal election against an incumbent Liberal cabinet minister. He was re-elected by a margin of 15,000 votes in the 2008 election and by 21,000 votes in 2011.
In the 41st Parliament, Patrick serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Health, the Neurological Disorders Subcommittee, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations, and the Juvenile Diabetes All Party Caucus. He is also Co-chair of the Malaria Caucus.
In 2011, Patrick was named Chair of the GTA and Central Ontario Caucus.
His education includes four years in political science at the University of Toronto, extensive French studies at l’Université de Trois Rivières, and a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Patrick is Chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association, which focuses on building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is a key stakeholder in Ontario and Canada. He is also Chairman of the Canada-Vietnam Parliamentary Association. He has also served on the executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and is presently a member of the executive of the Canada-US Parliamentary Association.
Patrick has accompanied and provided strategic advice to Prime Minister Harper on official visits to Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and India.
Patrick is an avid marathon runner, hockey, and tennis player.