Partick Brown is the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
There have been concerns about Brown's "social conservativism" by some of his critics within the party, and it's something that has been grossly exaggerated by Liberal and NDP supporters.
I've met Brown on a few occasions during the campaign and had extensive conversations with his campaign leadership. Brown is smart, and only an idiot would focus on the social policies about which the fearmongers are screaming.
Brown's priorities will be economic stability and ending some of the nanny-state idiocy that Kathleen Wynne has been imposing on Ontario. Some of that has been Wynne's radical Sex Ed curriculum, the architect of which was convicted pedophile Ben Levin. But that doesn't mean Brown is opposed to Sex Ed. Ontario has had a successful Sex Education program since the mid-90's. There's no evidence that contemporary school kids are stumbling around in sexual confusion.
Gay Rights and abortion will not be touched by Brown. The hysterics who insist he'll be altering that don't seem to understand the role of the Premier in government and legislation. But even if Brown could do something about that, he wouldn't, for the simple reason that he's not insane, and to attack the status quo on those issues would be political suicide.
From discussions I've had with him, it's apparent that Brown also clearly understands the need to engage new constituencies and integrate new ideas in the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. He's not looking to pick a war with unions or anyone or thing other than the devastatingly bad, corrupt economic leadership that Kathleen Wynne and her predecessor Dalton McGuinty inflicted on Ontario.
The good news is that Ontarians can now look forward to an effective Opposition at Queen's Park. That's something Ontario hasn't had in four elections and is long overdue.