I don’t know what Patrick Brown stands for.
Kathleen Wynne needs to go, but what good would it do to replace Wynne with a man in a blue suit and skinny tie that continues Wynne’s politics and policies?
I get running to the right during the leadership race and tacking to the centre for a general election. But Brown is doing more than that, he and his team seem to be actively campaigning for the Toronto Star endorsement – and I’m not just talking about his war with social conservatives.
If Brown wants the support of grassroots conservatives then he has to pick a side and let them know where he stands.
But, I’m not ready to give up on Brown yet and I don’t think you should be.
Right now, he is sending the wrong signals and selling the wrong message. To social conservatives, it feels like Brown is spending as much time denouncing them as he spends denouncing Kathleen Wynne.
When he was running for leader Brown courted social conservatives, was staunchly against the sex ed curriculum, now he denounces the same people that agreed with him during the leadership.
He actually made an MPP apologize and retract statements he made about standing up for families on social issues.
It's fine to have a big tent, but the tent still has to be blue. And if you are shoving folks out of your tent in the hope of finding friends at the Red Star, then good luck.
The whole sex ed thing should have died down by now, but it hasn’t because Brown won’t stop talking about it and throwing his former supporters under the bus.
Then there is the issue where Brown is completely offside his own party, but on the side of the Toronto Star and the downtown Toronto elites -- a carbon tax.
Brown announced his support for a carbon tax at the party convention in Ottawa last February without consulting party members or caucus. Our poll showed 60% of Ontario voters opposed the carbon tax idea including 82% of PC supporters.
Finally, there's the issue of candidate nominations.
Brown promised open and fair nominations – he’s keeping that promise about as well as Justin Trudeau did. Every week I hear from someone else involved in a nomination battle about interference from Patrick’s team. It's leading to mistrust and that is deadly in politics.
Either just state that you and your team are going to be heavy-handed and push your preferred candidates or let the grass roots decide like you promised. You can’t have it both ways.
The election is just about 18 months away and Patrick Brown has a chance to win. He also has the ability to crash and burn.
So, I want you to help me send a message to Patrick Brown. Tell him that he has to pick a side. If he wants you on his side, then he needs to show that he's on your side.
You can do that by sending Patrick a polite email.
Let’s flood his email inbox telling him that he needs to get on board with you, the conservative movement, if he wants a shot at being premier in 2018.