He is a slight insignificant-looking individual. I was frankly taken aback.
In another shot, he was surrounded by Conservatives. They seemed to tower over him. The full Implication of his Pyrrhic victory was in that scene.
He appeared to be meeting most members for the first time. In contrast, they are seasoned members of Provincial politics. However competent ,however effective, they are secure in their seats at least until the next provincial election. They owe him nothing.
As a party in opposition ,there are no appointment to offer a member to persuade him or her to relinquish a hard -won seat to Patrick Brown.
According to news stories, he won the leadership by selling memberships to the South Asian Community. A strategy hardly guaranteed to inspire confidence among the Loyal True and Blue Members of the House ?
During the campaign he criticized the party for not being sufficiently patronizing of ethnic groups.
Premier Kathleen Wynne answered a question from the press that she would not delay a byelection
to elect the new leader to a seat in the House. But, Yes, she said firmly ,the Liberals will field a candidate wherever that might be.
I know nothing at all about Provincial Conservative rules for choosing a Leader, but whatever they are,
a review is probably timely.
I think overly-ambitious Patrick Brown has a few hurdles to overcome before he takes a seat in The Ontario Legislature.
Nothing indicates he has the skills, the personality the winning smile or support of the Party. They may put a good face on it. Or they may just not have the stomach.
Membership sales at $10.00 a throw may not be the cache it was to win the leadership. There's nothing there to inspire confidence and trust. Nothing more than sleight of hand.
No political conviction.
Nothing more than calculation.
Nothing to hold fast for the long haul.
No Conservative values