The apparent “appointment” of a local Midland councillor to fill in for Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown (PC) leader of the Official Opposition at certain local events has created confusion in some circles.
There are Tories in North Simcoe who have been True Blue for decades. The question remains, why weren’t any of them given the nod? Only Brown can answer that question and he is a hard guy to tie down as he continues to criss cross the province again, probably the 20th time since becoming Party Leader in the province.
E-mails to key staff members have yet to be answered and so the mystery continues with wild rumours taking over the conversation. Brown has every right to pick the man or woman of his choice to fill a gap if he is unable to attend a local function. We can’t disagree.
What we are having a tough time swallowing, why wouldn’t he have named some long-standing Tory, someone who worked out of the bunker making phone calls, talking to walk-in, accepting donations, some one from the sign team, office manager, canvassers, board and executive members?
The choice has been made it appears from local reporting after a boastful post on Cody Oschefski’s Facebook page ….and that should be the end of the story, but sadly one doesn’t see any kind of happy ending at this juncture. Politics as they say, makes for strange bedfellows.
He announced his candidacy for deputy mayor in 2018 in the same post… what a great way to get in front of people to talk and “campaign” by using the podium on behalf of someone else. Without this opportunity he’d just be another head in the crowd and could not make use of the mic or any goodwill associated with the MPP’s carefully crafted words…
According to former long time MPP, Garfield Dunlop, and we are paraphrasing, Patrick Brown has every right to ask Cody to represent him at functions in Midland. Of this we agree wholeheartedly.
According to Logan Bugeja, Brown’s principal secretary, the councillor in question was asked by her to fill in tomorrow, after his name was recommended to her by a top Tory , because of the councillor’s enthusiasm. She added, it was NOT an appointment (a term we used in quotes since we did know the Queen’s Park lingo).
In the past she has asked a host of Simcoe North residents to fill in, one time only, when the leader of the official opposition was unavailable to attend a function in town.
She stressed it would likely be the only time the councillor would be asked since she had a long list of other folks happy to show up and bring greetings from Simcoe North MPP Brown.
She felt the councillor’s enthusiasm may have caused some confusion but wanted to stress that it was a one time only proposition.
Brown’s goal is to be more inclusive as his party sets its sites on winning the next Provincial Election in 2018. So there you have it…..right from Brown’s principal secretary at Queen’s Park. Back from a recent trip to Lebanon, the party leader again is criss crossing northern Ontario, his 20th time since being elected leader of Ontario Provincial Conservative Party.
At the rate he is going you can bet many other men and women will be asked to bring greetings from Brown to more future functions.