Thursday, February 16, 2017

Patrick Brown and freedom of expression rights

The email chain below speaks for itself.

From: Patricia Maloney 
Date: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Ontario government hiding abortion information
Cc: Patricia Maloney

Dear Patrick,

I still haven't heard back from you regarding my question below. 

I take this to mean that you don't support freedom of expression rights regarding the Ontario Government's decision to hide abortion information?

Unless you provide me with an answer that negates that position, I'll let the readers of my blog know this is why I haven't heard back from you on this.


Patricia Maloney

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 4:58 PM, Patricia Maloney <> wrote:
Dear Patrick,

Still waiting for an answer.

Patricia Maloney

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Patricia Maloney <> wrote:
Dear Mr. Brown,

Can you please tell me your position on the Ontario government's decision in 2012 to hide all abortion related information?

You can read more on this at my blog at:

I am challenging the Ontario government to overturn their non-accountable, non-transparent, closed law, that prohibits freedom of information requests regarding FIPPA.

I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Patricia Maloney


  1. Patrick Brown already got elected as leader of the PC party in Ontario, thanks to all the help he got from social conservatives. So he's in power now; he doesn't need to stand up for principles that are important to so-cons, such as freedom of information and freedom of expression (which should be important not just to so-cons but to everybody, one would think). And social conservatives believed Stephen Harper would do something on abortion at the federal level, and as time went on, he became more and more aligned with abortion rights advocates. It's important for social conservatives to pay attention to this pattern--there's a leadership race going on right now in the federal Conservative Party.

    1. Agreed. Patrick can do whatever he wants. (For now anyway. election time will be interesting).

      Here is an interesting article by Craig Dellandrea that says Ontario Needs an NDP of the Right:

      Just a bit of what Dellandrea says on abortion:

      "To find out if there is a market for a ‘radical’ party in Ontario, let’s look at the most untouchable policy issue in the province: abortion.

      Survey results on abortion in Canada vary depending on the wording of the question, but one thing is true across all polls. There are many voters who support restrictions on abortion. Yet no party advocates for them. This Ipsos poll which seems to be pushing a pro-choice view concludes only 51% of Ontarians describe themselves as ‘pro-choice’. That leaves half the population with no voice on election day.

      An Environics poll found 28% of Canadians support restrictions on abortion from the point of conception. Support for this radical notion is 5% higher than the share of the vote the NDP received in the last provincial election. And only 3% less than the official opposition PCs garnered."

      He raises other social conservative issues, along with what some European countries do as well. Interesting reading.

    2. Just read Dellandrea's full article. He's bang on! So who is going to lead this new party? We need this new party to run candidates in each riding in Ontario. (In fact, I think the very same sort of party is needed at the federal level as well if the Conservatives elect O'Leary as their new leader.)