The Ontario Progressive Conservative leader race (III)

在刚刚结束的安省保守党党领竞选中,Patrick Brown力克Christine Elliott大获全胜。据Brown的华人组织委员会成立伊始就任其成员的Bob Mok,Brown 致力于与被保守党一直忽视的少数族裔选民建立联系。

Patrick Brown has soundly defeated Christine Elliott to win a landslide victory in PC leadership race. According to Bob Mok who had served on Brown’s Chinese Organizing Committee since its inception, Brown has focused on reaching out to the ethnic community that has been traditionally ignored by the PC party.

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在上一篇文章中,我们探讨了其他人对Patrick Brown的看法,并集中讨论了其所秉持的政策方向。但许多人可能都不知道Patrick Brown是安省保守党有史以来最年轻的党领。

Last time, we talked about the perception of Patrick Brown by others and focused on his known policies and directions. Many people may not realize that Patrick Brown is the youngest leader in the Ontario Progressive Conservative party's history.

在党领竞选期间,Christine Ell曾称Brown是一个在其九年联邦国会议员生涯中“没有任何实质性记录”的“职业政客”。此外,他们在是否支持安省省长韦恩的小学生新性教育大纲的问题上所持的立场也存在分歧。Brown呼吁对性教育大纲进行大幅改革,而Elliott则要求就此进行更多磋商。

During the leadership campaign, Christine Elliot has called Brown a “career politician” with “no substantive record” in his nine years as a federal legislator. There was also a clash on the direction of whether to support Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new sex education curriculum for elementary students. Brown has called for significant changes to what is taught about sexual health in schools, while Elliott has asked for more consultation.


Both candidates did not offer too many platform promises during the leadership campaign. Elliott has promised to lower corporate income tax to 10 per cent from 11.5 per cent over three years. Brown has said little about how he would govern if elected premier other than to end the demonization of unions, instead focusing on reaching out to ethnic groups that have been traditionally overlooked by the provincial Progressive Conservative party.


Brown is now facing a daunting task between now and the next Ontario election in a little over three years. The latest polls indicated that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are now in third place, after the ruling Liberals and NDP. Brown needs to rebuild the party. This means work has to start within the party – a “clean house” strategy announced by him throughout the campaign. After that, the party has to reinvent its image and make it palatable for voters again. Brown will need to reach beyond his supporters in the party, and then to voters who have never voted PC before.


Unpopular policies that destroyed the Ontario Progressive Conservative party’s last three Provincial election campaigns led Brown to focus on the basics. We understand that his first priority as leader will be to address energy affordability in Ontario. This is a major issue after the Liberals’ Green Energy Plan, which included the much publicized closing down of all coal plants in Ontario, drove up the provincial electricity rates.


The number one priority facing any progressive Conservative government when elected is “the provincial debt and deficit”.  Ontarians pay more in interest than on the environment, transportation and infrastructure combined. Can the party hold the line on public sector salaries without drawing the unions’ wrath? Also, the selection and scope of “targeted assets sale” question is on everyone’s mind.


Another issue that has to be dealt with is a reconnection to urban ridings that slipped away over the last two decades. Brown must look into Transit, traffic congestions, and expensive housing and propose attractive solutions to regain voters’ interests.


The renewal of Ontario’s manufacturing sector is also very important. The automotive industry is shrinking and disappearing slowly. There is an urgent need to find a replacement for jobs lost in the automotive industry.


He has not provided any answers to these issues at this moment. It is expected that he will divulge platforms that will distinguish his party from the Liberals and NDP once his provincial team is assembled.


Brown formally resigned from the House of Commons on May 13, 2015. It will be inconceivable that he will not seek a seat in the provincial legislature at soon as feasible to make his presence felt in Ontario.


To many, the next provincial election is far away. In political terms and given the magnitude of Brown’s tasks, the countdown clock to a victory campaign is already ticking.

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