Brenda Elliott

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Brenda Elliott
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Derek Fletcher
Succeeded by Liz Sandals
Constituency Guelph
Personal details
Born (1950-10-27) October 27, 1950 (age 67)
Goderich, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Profession Teacher, librarian

Brenda Elliott (born October 27, 1950) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Progressive Conservative from 1995 to 2003, and was a cabinet minister in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.


Elliott was born in Goderich, Ontario. She went to McMaster University, and worked as a teacher and librarian. In 1972, she was elected to the Wellington County Board of Education. She became interested in environmental causes during the 1990s, and in November 1989 opened a store in Guelph, Ontario called For Earth's Sake.[1]


Elliott was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating former Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Rick Ferraro and incumbent New Democrat Derek Fletcher in the Guelph constituency.[2] The Tories won a majority government in this election under Mike Harris's leadership, and Elliott was appointed as Minister of Environment and Energy on June 26, 1995.[3]

Due to Elliott's background in the environmental movement, many believed she would be a strong advocate for "green" policies in the Harris cabinet.[citation needed] She was dropped from cabinet on August 16, 1996,[4] and served as a backbench supporter in the legislature for the next three years.

Elliott was easily re-elected in the 1999 provincial election for the redistributed riding of Guelph—Wellington by about ten thousand votes.[5] On February 8, 2001, she returned to cabinet as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.[6] When Ernie Eves replaced Mike Harris as Premier of Ontario in 2002, he named Elliott as his Minister of Community, Family and Children's Services.[7]

The Tories were defeated in the 2003 provincial election, and Elliott lost her seat to Liberal candidate Liz Sandals by 2,800 votes.[8]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Ernie Eves
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
John Baird Minister of Community, Family, and Social Services
Sandra Pupatello
Ontario Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Norm Sterling Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Ernie Eves
Bud Wildman Minister of Environment and Energy
Norm Sterling


  1. ^ Elizabeth Lumley. Canadian Who's Who 2003, Volume 38. p. 404. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Mike Harris' cabinet". The Spectator. Hamilton, Ont. June 27, 1995. p. A7. 
  4. ^ Walker, William (August 16, 1996). "Tsubouchi demoted in Harris shuffle". Toronto Star. p. A1. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Flaherty to be new Ontario finance chief". Sudbury Star. February 8, 2001. p. A5. 
  7. ^ "Ont-Cabinet". Toronto, Ont: Canadian Press NewsWire. April 15, 2002. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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