Last week PC party members voted overwhelmingly for Patrick Brown. Christine Elliott, the one-time party favorite failed to make party leader for the third time.
The new Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown will resign his seat in the House of Commons Wednesday, but he has yet to comment on how he plans to secure a seat in the provincial legislature.
“My first priority has been to be here at Queen’s Park, to meet with caucus, to make sure that we’re all focused and united in the same direction,” Brown said Monday. “Certainly, at some point in the new future, I would like to enter the provincial legislature, and at a later date we’ll announce plans to that effect.”
Brown will have to win over the majority of the PC caucus at Queen’s Park who threw their support behind Elliott’s leadership bid, but Brown insisted the party won’t have any trouble uniting behind him.
“I spoke to almost everyone yesterday and I said that we’ve got to come together as a family, and I’d say everyone was in agreement on that fact,” he said. “I told people that worked hard for Christine Elliott that I admired their work and I’m excited to have them by my side now.”
Brown said he also hoped to meet each Tory caucus member in person, but had not yet spoken to Elliott, who was not in the legislature Monday.
Now all that needs to happen is for an MPP to resign and a by-election is called, that is when Patrick Brown will test his mettle and get into true campaign mode.