Aug 28, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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MPP Christine Elliott is stepping down immediately as the provincial representative for Whitby-Oshawa.
Christine Elliott
In releasing a statement Friday, she said the decision, ”was not easy.”
The 60-year old Elliott, widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty who represented the same riding federally, was elected to the legislature in 2006.
She lost the Ontario PC leadership twice; most recently last May to former MP Patrick Brown.
Elliott never returned to the legislature following that defeat.
Brown is running in a byelection next Thursday in Simcoe North in hopes of getting a seat.
Elliott is being praised by all parties.
Each leader issued a statement.
Brown thanked her for her years of service and her contributions.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says while she could be the fiercest of adversaries in debate, ”she was passionate, but never personal” and was ”one of the most respected MPPs.”
The NDP’s Andrea Horwath say Elliott was ”a strong female voice” who always conducted herself with dignity and intelligence, and noted her efforts on behalf of those with disabilities.
Elliot, co-founder of Whitby’s Abilities Centre, says, ”I remain committed to advocating for a fully inclusive Ontario where all people can live lives of purpose and dignity.”
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