CHRISTINE ELLIOT - February 15th

Feb 15, 2018

By Valerie Massie

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The candidates running for the top job in Ontario’s PC party will take part in the first debate of the race this afternoon.

Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former MPP and Ontario health-care ombudsman Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen will debate the issues in a recorded event that will air on televisiontonight at 8.

Prior to the debate, Christine Elliot will join Libby Znaimer right after the noon news. She’s the third leadership candidate to appear on Fight Back this week.

Political observers say finance and the carbon tax will be key topics today.

Will the Patrick Brown story overshadow the debate? The former P-C leader Patrick Brown is ramping up his defence and lashing out at C-T-V news for its reporting on the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Elliott has run twice unsuccessfully for the Tory leadership — once in 2009, when she lost to Tim Hudak, and again in 2015, when she came second to Brown.

She was considered the front-runner in the 2015 race and lost to Patrick Brown.

Elliott went on to serve as Ontario’s non-partisan patient ombudsman, but resigned from the role after announcing her bid to lead the PCs.

This week, she tweeted that as a former bank auditor, she can’t wait to audit Kathleen Wynne’s spending and is promising to reinvest into lower taxes and health care.

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