|MPP for Whitby—Oshawa|
October 30, 2007
|Preceded by||New riding|
|MPP for Whitby—Ajax|
March 30, 2006 – October 29, 2007
|Preceded by||Jim Flaherty|
|Succeeded by||Riding dissolved|
|Born||Christine Janice Elliott
1956 (age 56–57)
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Christine Janice Elliott (born c. 1956) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in a byelection on March 30, 2006. She is the Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby—Oshawa, east of Toronto. Elliott was a candidate in the 2009 Progressive Conservative leadership election and came in third place behind winner Tim Hudak and runner-up Frank Klees, and currently serves as the party's deputy leader.
Elliott was born in Oshawa and grew up in Whitby. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she studied law. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She was a founding member and partner of the Whitby law firm Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy, where she practised in real estate, corporate/commercial and estate law.
Elliott received Whitby's Peter Perry Award, an annual recognition of Whitby's outstanding citizen. Prior to that she became a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her pro bono legal work. She is the co-founder and director of the Abilities Centre, a director and past chair of Grandview Children’s Centre and a director of the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation. She was board president of the Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) and was recognized when it named one of their group homes in her honour (Elliott House). She is a director of Legacy Private Trust and has been a director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
On April 4, 2009, Elliott entered the race to succeed former leader John Tory. She portrayed herself as a centrist alternative to her three right-wing opponents—Hudak, Klees and Randy Hillier. During her announcement she criticised her main rival Tim Hudak. She said, "He really wants to replicate some of the campaigns and some of the solutions that worked in the 1990s. What happened in 1995 is not the solution for 2009." She said that as leader, she would push for a 'sector-by-sector' innovation strategy for Ontario. She also said that she supports nuclear energy and that the Liberal's green energy plan was insufficient for Ontario's needs. Elliott also supported a flat income tax system. At the leadership convention on June 28, 2009 in Markham, Ontario, Elliott placed third in the results behind newly anointed leader Tim Hudak and runner-up Frank Klees.
|Ontario general election, 2011: Whitby—Oshawa|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||24,500||48.25|
|New Democratic||Maret Sadem-Thompson||7,815||15.39|
|Special Needs||Dan King||213||0.42|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Whitby—Oshawa|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||22,687||44.0|
|New Democratic||Nigel Moses||5,733||11.1|
|Family Coalition||Dale Chilvers||277||0.5|
|Total valid votes||51,565||100.0|
|Whitby—AjaxOntario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006:|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||15,843||46.2||-2.1|
|New Democratic||Julie Gladman||3,204||9.3||+0.2|
|Family Coalition||Victor Carvalho||102||0.3||–|
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