Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown voiced his thoughts on a number of political subjects during Wednesday’s London Leader’s Dinner at the Four Points by Sheraton.
Marking his one year anniversary as Ontario PC Leader, Brown began his remarks on a high note by emphasizing on London’s recent successes.
“More than 9,000 new jobs were created in London in 2015, and schools such as Fanshawe College and Western University are molding the talent of the next generation of leaders.” Brown said. “Many of these institutions are collaborating with others to foster an environment of medical innovation and growth.”
Brown then used his speech as an opportunity to take a few shots at the Liberal government.
“Despite all the good things happening in the region, we know there are challenges ahead,” Brown said. “We consistently see errors by this government that have made Ontario a ‘have not’ province. I often say ‘life’s harder with the Liberals,’ but it’s about to get much, much worse.”
He stressed the PC party is presenting itself as modern, pragmatic, and ready to govern.
Much of the speech focused on the issues Brown’s party would prioritize, which includes reducing harmful red tape, investing in infrastructure, lowering energy costs, and addressing the province’s skills mismatch.
“This is going to be slow, relentless hard work. We have to show day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month that we deserve people’s trust,” Brown concluded. “We must be the Party that lifts people’s sights and raises their hopes. We are getting ready to serve again. Let us be confident as we say here tonight: the best is yet to come.”
Results of a recently released survey show the PC party has gained some ground with Brown at the helm.
The Forum Research poll found 40% of voter support leans to the PC’s, suggesting the would win a slim majority if an election were to be held today.
London Mayor Matt Brown was also in attendance at Wednesday’s dinner.
With files from Rana Aladdin