Ontario’s former Conservative leader slams social conservatives as ‘dinosaurs’ in tell-all book
TORONTO, Ontario, November 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown is lashing out against social conservatives, calling them "dinosaurs" in his new, tell-all book, Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown.
In it, Brown holds nothing back, going as far as advising Premier Doug Ford to ignore social conservatives.
"I would say to Ford that the social conservatives are dinosaurs who are becoming less and less relevant every single day," wrote Brown.
That's got social conservatives fuming. Jack Fonseca, a senior political strategist with Campaign Life Coalition, countered Wednesday that the former Conservative leader knows better - knows social conservatives are a politically powerful voting block - and is just lying.
"Social conservatives crowned him leader (oh, how we regret that), and that we crowned Doug Ford leader and premier," said Fonseca. "That speaks to an influence that is growing, not declining."
After winning the Conservative leadership race in 2015 with the help of social conservatives impressed by his pro-life voting record as a federal Member of Parliament, Brown flip-flopped and began embracing a socially liberal platform of abortion, homosexuality and sex education.
Social conservatives began to heckle Brown at public events for abandoning them.
In 2018, he resigned - amid allegations of sexual misconduct which he denied - only to take another stab at the Conservative leadership again a mere three weeks later. Ten days later, Brown withdrew from that leadership race.
Four months later, the former Conservative party leader announced he was running for the mayoralty of Brampton.
Fonseca said that Premier Ford should not be taking advice from Brown.
"The premier should keep offering socially-conservative policies and he’ll win over not only all the ethnic and religious communities voting Liberal and NDP, but he’ll also bring out to the polls massive numbers of voters from that 40 per cent of the public that never get out of bed on election day because they believe there’s no moral difference between any of the parties," said Fonseca.
"Seize this momentum, Premier Ford, and you’ll be on the way to an even larger majority in 2022," he added.