Christine Elliott to run for PC leader
Progressive Conservative MPP Christine Elliott at Queen's Park. (Antonella Artuso/Toronto Sun files)
Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott is set to launch her bid for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party Wednesday.
Elliott, the widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, will make the announcement outside a University of Toronto building in the morning.
Tory insiders say she has at least seven caucus members supporting her for the leadership.
Soft-spoken and a moderate, Elliott has been seen as someone who’s not comfortable with some of the extreme right-wing positions the party took under leader Tim Hudak.
Hudak has said he will step down July 2.
A lawyer and the mother of triplets, one of whom is developmentally delayed, Elliott has championed the cause of the disabled.
It’s expected the Tories will take 10 months to a year to pick their new leader and choose the direction the party should go in the future.
Many in caucus want to abandon some of the policies Hudak espoused and move to a more moderate platform next election.
Elliott served as the party’s health critic.
Other leadership hopefuls within caucus include Lisa MacLeod from Ottawa’s Nepean Carleton and Nipissing’s Vic Fedeli.
It’s expected there may be interest from federal MPs as well. St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra and Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong are said to be testing the waters, as is Barrie’s Patrick Brown.
Insiders say it will cost candidates $1 million to run for the top job.