Christine Elliott

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Christine Elliott
Christine Elliott.jpg
Ontario MPP
Assumed office
Preceded by New riding
Constituency Whitby—Oshawa
In office
Preceded by Jim Flaherty
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Whitby—Ajax
Personal details
Born Christine Janice Elliott
(1955-04-13) April 13, 1955 (age 60)
Oshawa, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Jim Flaherty (m. 1986; died 2014)
Children 3
Residence Whitby, Ontario
Alma mater University of Western Ontario (B.A., LL.B.)
Occupation Lawyer
Portfolio Deputy Leader (2009-Present)

Christine Janice Elliott (born April 13, 1955) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in a by-election in 2006. She represents the riding of 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. She was appointed as the party's deputy leader in 2009. She was a candidate for party leader in the 2015 2015 leadership election.


Elliott was born in Oshawa and grew up in Whitby.[1][2] She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received her honours Bachelor of Arts degree in history.[3] She graduated from Western Law School and received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978.[4] 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.[5]

Elliott was married to former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty until his death on April 10, 2014.[6] She lives in Whitby with her triplet sons John, Galen and Quinn.[7]


In March 2006, Elliott ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the provincial riding of Whitby—Oshawa in a by-election replacing her husband who was elected to the federal Parliament. She was re-elected in 2007 in the redistributed riding of Whitby—Oshawa.[8] She was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.[9][10]

She has been the party's Deputy Leader since 2009 and as of July 2014 is the critic for Health and Long-Term Care issues.

Party leadership bids[edit]

On April 4, 2009, Elliott entered the leadership 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.[11] 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."[12] 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.[13] Elliott also supported a flat income tax system.[14] At the leadership convention on June 28, 2009 in Markham, Ontario, Elliott placed third in the results behind winner Tim Hudak and runner-up Frank Klees.[15]

On June 25, 2014, Elliott announced she would once again be seeking the leadership of the party.[16] She has the support of at least nineteen of the twenty-eight caucus members.[17]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Whitby—Oshawa
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Christine Elliott 23,985 40.66 -7.51
Liberal Ajay Krishnan 18,488 31.34 -2.06
New Democratic Ryan Kelly 13,662 23.16 +7.70
Green Stacey Leadbetter 2,534 4.30 +2.06
Freedom Douglas Thom 326 0.55 +0.24
Total valid votes 58,995 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.72
Source: Elections Ontario[18]

Ontario general election, 2011: Whitby—Oshawa
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Christine Elliott 24,499 48.17 +4.17
Liberal Elizabeth Roy 16,988 33.40 −2.59
New Democratic Maret Sadem-Thompson 7,865 15.46 +4.34
Green Bradley Gibson 1,139 2.24 −5.02
Special Needs Dan King 211 0.41  
Freedom Douglas Thom 160 0.31 +0.02
Total valid votes 50,862 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 154 0.30
Turnout 51,016 49.69
Eligible voters 102,672
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +3.38
Ontario general election, 2007: Whitby—Oshawa
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Christine Elliott 22,687 44.00
Liberal Laura Hammer 18,560 35.99
New Democratic Nigel Moses 5,733 11.12
Green Doug Anderson 3,745 7.26
Libertarian Marty Gobin 411 0.80
Family Coalition Dale Chilvers 277 0.54
Freedom Bill Frampton 152 0.29
Total valid votes 51,565 100.0
Ontario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006: Whitby—Ajax
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Christine Elliott 15,843 46.2 −2.1
Liberal Judi Longfield 14,529 42.3 +2.2
New Democratic Julie Gladman 3,204 9.3 +0.2
Green Nick Boileau 307 0.9 −1.5
Freedom Paul McKeever 198 0.6
Libertarian Marty Gobin 139 0.4
Family Coalition Victor Carvalho 102 0.3


  1. ^ Pessian, Parvaneh (2009-06-12). "The many sides of Christine Elliott". This Week. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "A look at Tory leadership candidate Christine Elliott". The Canadian Press. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Christine J. Elliott". Legacy Private Trust. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Christine J. Elliott, LL.B., M.P.P.". Flaherty Dow Elliot & McCarthy Litigation Counsel. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Christine Elliott, Your MPP, Biography". Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  6. ^ National Post staff; Postmedia News (April 10, 2014). "Jim Flaherty, 64, dies at Ottawa home one month after resigning as finance minister". National Post. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Daw: 4 tips Jim Flaherty is giving his three sons". Toronto Star (Moneyville). 2010-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 17 (xxvi). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 19. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ "General Election by District: Whitby-Oshawa". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Flaherty's wife joins race for provincial Tory leadership". Vancouver Sun. 2009-04-04. p. B2. 
  12. ^ Greenberg, Lee (2009-04-04). "Centrist MPP enters race to lead Tories". Ottawa Citizen. p. A4. 
  13. ^ Denley, Randall (2009-05-01). "Christine Elliott's Conservative 'to-do list'". Windsor Star. p. A8. 
  14. ^ Cowan, James (2009-05-15). "Tory hopeful casts eye on grassroots for policy; Ontario party's leadership became 'arrogant,' Klees says". National Post. p. A7. 
  15. ^ Hayward, Jeff (2009-06-27). "Christine Elliott fails in bid to lead Progressive Conservatives". This Week. p. 1. 
  16. ^ Jones, Allison (June 25, 2014). "Christine Elliott, Flaherty's widow, running for Ontario PC party leadership". Toronto, Ont: The Canadian Press. 
  17. ^ Brennan, Richard (June 26, 2014). "Toronto Star". p. A6. 
  18. ^ "General Election Results by District, 100 Whitby—Oshawa". Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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