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Brown the MP for me

Published in the Barrie Advance
23 May 2007
Last Friday, I had an unexpected visitor at my house: Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Patrick was going door to door in my neighbourhood to hand out information flyers and ask if there were any concerns that I as one of his constituents wanted to address with him. This is the first time that any politician of any level has come to my house to canvass my opinion when it wasn’t even election time. This is in addition to regularly receiving flyers asking for my opinion and providing me with information of recent legislative developments.

Now I know that Patrick’s government is a minority one and in theory can fall at any time, but the Liberal-dominated Senate recently passed a bill fixing federal election dates every four years. Although the government can still fall, under the terms of the bill Stephen Harper can’t be the one to pull the plug.

Patrick has taken a lot of heat recently over his spending on information flyers & newspaper ads and is constantly accused of being a self-promoting professional politician, but he certainly is living up to his motto of “working hard to represent you in Ottawa”. Who cares if he is a “professional politician” as long as he is a good one? Some of the information that I receive from Patrick I already know about since I read the newspaper on a regular basis, but I’m sure a lot of Barrie residents don’t do the same.

If I sound like a big Patrick Brown booster, well I am. In the interest of disclosure, I am a Conservative Party member and was a volunteer on his 2004 and 2006 campaigns, but these gestures just confirm that I picked the right person to support. Patrick may not be perfect, but one cannot deny his enthusiasm and dedication. At least he is trying to do the best job he can and trying to stay in touch with his constituents, unlike a lot of politicians. I think Patrick would be enthusiastic no matter what party he represents and I think that the citizens of Barrie, Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green Party or otherwise, should be happy that we have such an enthusiastic “professional politician”. I’d rather have Patrick as my MP than someone like Belinda Stronach, who was more concerned with her own ambitions and packed up and took her ball home when she didn’t get her way.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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