Patrick has a long family history in Barrie. His grandparents, Edna and Joe Tascona Sr., have lived in Barrie for almost 50 years.
Patrick was first elected to Barrie council in 2000 by defeating incumbent and local provincial Liberal president Jean Sweezie. Patrick was re-elected to city council last November with the largest vote majority - 72 per cent - of all candidates seeking a seat at the council table.
Before coming to City Hall, Patrick accumulated a great deal of public service experience and learned how to make government work for his constituents.
From 1995 to 2000, Patrick worked at Queen's Park as a special assistant in the Ministry of Finance and the Solicitor General’s office. He also worked with the Management Board Secretariat on red tape issues. Patrick left Queen's Park in August 2000 to focus on Barrie and his hopes of making the city a better place to live, work and play.
In his first year on council, Patrick organized the largest-ever petition against tax increases in Barrie history. As well, Patrick is the only Barrie councilor who uses portions of his public salary to promote traffic safety in his ward.
And in the last two years, Patrick has not charged any expenses back to taxpayers. Patrick now chairs the city’s corporate services committee, which deals with financial matters and corporate governance issues.
Patrick has been active in politics for more than a decade, during which time he led several national organizations, such as the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation. Patrick has served on the national council of the PC Party of Canada since 1998, as well as on the party’s management committee until 2000. He has campaigned alongside former Conservative prime ministers, provincial premiers and political activists from coast-to-coast. Patrick presently sits as a vice president on the Ontario PC Party executive.
Patrick believes Canadians should play an active role to preserve democracy. He has been particularly active promoting the need for a united, right wing federal party and has been a frequent commentator on CTV, CBC and Global TV.
Patrick served on the International Youth Democratic Union executive as vice chairman and now sits as chairman and executive secretary of the International Freedom Campaign. In 2001, Patrick was selected as part of a four-person British delegation sent to help promote democracy and freedom in Sri Lanka.
As well, Patrick was a delegate at the 2002 International Young Leaders Forum as well as the Washington Party Leaders Conference, hosted by U.S. President George Bush. Most recently, Patrick attended the IDU Young
Leader’s Meeting hosted by Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Since 2002, Patrick has worked part-time in Magna’s legal department on immigration and labour issues.