When he declared his candidacy last September for the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership, three-term Conservative MP Patrick Brown was virtually unknown in provincial politics and few took him seriously. The federal government backbencher, who was first elected in the 2006 federal election, never held a Parliamentary secretary or a Cabinet position during his nine year federal political career and still challenged the Ontario PC deputy leader Christine Elliott, widow of the late Jim Flaherty. Ms. Elliott was the front-runner and was expected to win this contest handily.
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