|11th Deputy Premier of Ontario|
|Assumed office |
June 29, 2018
|Lieutenant Governor||Elizabeth Dowdeswell|
|Preceded by||Deb Matthews|
|Ontario Minister of Health|
|Assumed office |
June 20, 2019
|Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care|
June 29, 2018 – June 20, 2019
|Preceded by||Helena Jaczek|
|Succeeded by||Herself,[b] Merrilee Fullerton[c] and Michael Tibollo[d]|
|Patient Ombudsman of Ontario|
July 1, 2016 – February 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Craig Thompson (interim 2018-2020) |
Cathy Folks (2020-present)
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Chris Ballard|
October 10, 2007 – August 28, 2015
|Preceded by||Riding created|
|Succeeded by||Lorne Coe|
March 30, 2006 – October 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Jim Flaherty|
|Succeeded by||Riding dissolved|
Christine Janice Elliott
April 13, 1955
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
(m. 1986; died 2014)
|Residence||Whitby, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of Western Ontario|
Elliott was elected to represent the riding of Newmarket—Aurora in the 2018 Ontario general election. She is the widow of former Canadian Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty under former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2006–2014). Eliott served as Ontario PC Party Deputy Leader from 2009 to 2015 under Tim Hudak. She was the runner-up in both the 2015 and 2018 PC party leadership races and placed third in the 2009 race.
She was a Progressive Conservative member in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2006 to 2015. She represented the ridings of Whitby—Ajax and 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 2015 leadership election but lost to former federal MP Patrick Brown. Following her second loss, Elliott resigned her seat in the legislature and was appointed as Ontario's first Patient Ombudsman by then-Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins, serving until she stepped down to make her third bid for the Ontario PC Party leadership. In that contest, Elliott won the most votes and ridings but lost the contest to Doug Ford. She then received the nomination to run for the riding of Newmarket-Aurora and was elected on June 7, 2018, as the PC Party won the election.
Elliott was born in Oshawa and grew up in Whitby. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received her honours Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She graduated from Western Law School and received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She started off her career as a bank auditor for one of Canada's largest banks. 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 facility for those with special needs), 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), which 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.
Elliott was married to former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty until his death on April 10, 2014. She lived in Whitby with her triplet sons John, Galen and Quinn until 2015 when she moved to Toronto to be closer to her job as Patient Ombudsman. Her son Galen, used to work for Doug Ford, then Etobicoke councillor. Elliott and Flaherty have both championed issues surrounding disabled children; their son, John, has a disability.
In March 2006, Elliott ran successfully as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the provincial riding of Whitby—Ajax 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. She was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
PC party leadership bids of 2009 and 2015 and Deputy Leader
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. During her announcement she criticized 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. 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.
Elliott became the party's Deputy Leader from 2009 until her resignation in 2015.
On June 25, 2014, Elliott announced she would seek the leadership of the party for a second time. She had the support of at least nineteen of the twenty-eight caucus members but lost to Brown on May 9, 2015, in a two-person race with 38% of the vote. She resigned her seat in the legislature on August 28, 2015, one week before Brown's election to the provincial parliament.
Patient Ombudsman of Ontario
On December 10, 2015, she was appointed by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins as Ontario's first Patient Ombudsman effective as of July 1, 2016. The duties of the non-partisan position included acting on behalf of patients who have not had their issues resolved through normal complaint resolution processes. She said, "Ensuring that patients in Ontario's health-care system will now have a strengthened voice is a responsibility I am looking forward to taking on."
2018 Ontario PC Party leadership bid
Elliott officially announced she was running for leadership on February 1, 2018, via Twitter, to replace Patrick Brown who had resigned as leader after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. Her campaign slogan was "Ready. Now." and her leadership campaign has focused on her experience compared to the other candidates. She stated she supported the "People's Guarantee" (the existing platform adopted by the PC Party in November 2017) with the exception of a carbon tax, which she opposed. She had the most support from the Ontario PC caucus of any leadership candidate in the race. On March 10, she was eliminated on the third and final ballot of the leadership election, which was won by Doug Ford. Elliott had the most votes and had won the most ridings but did not have the most points and therefore came in second. She initially refused to concede to Ford, citing "serious irregularities" in the race and vowed to "investigate the extent of this discrepancy". However, she conceded to Ford the next day and announced her support for him as party leader.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
On April 2, Elliott announced via Twitter her intention to seek the PC candidate nomination for the provincial riding of Newmarket-Aurora. The original PC candidate, Charity McGrath, was disqualified by the PC Party's provincial nomination committee (PNC) amid complaints that she'd signed up riding association members without their knowledge. On March 15, the PNC voted unanimously to bar McGrath from standing for the party in any riding for the 2018 election. Elliot won the election on June 7, 2018 and her party formed a majority government during the 42nd Parliament of Ontario. Premier Ford appointed Elliot appointed to be Deputy Premier and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Executive Council of Ontario.
By July 26, 2018, Elliott faced criticism in the Ontario legislature for the cancellation of the $2.1 billion to rebuild Ontario's mental health system that had been announced in the pre-budget announcement in March by then-Premier Kathleen Wynne. This would have been over and above Ontario's existing annual budget of $3.8 billion. Under Premier Ford, the province will spend an additional $1.9 billion over a ten-year period on mental health, with matching funds of $1.9 billion from the federal government.
As Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Elliott sponsored The People's Health Care Act which, in addition to repealing the Lung Health Act, enacted the Connecting Care Act to create a new Crown agency titled Ontario Health intended to merge the 14 Local Health Integration Network and several crown agencies such as Cancer Care Ontario, the Gift of Life Network, eHealth Ontario, HealthForceOntario, and provide the ability for the Minister to create Integrated Care Delivery Systems (or Health Teams) to deliver health care services.
Elliott has been overseeing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario. Elliot was an active member of Doug Ford's Cabinet who provided front line health care workers with financial relief and recognition through pandemic pay. Controversially, some health care workers were excluded from receiving this pay, including Pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Medical Laboratory Assistants, and Physician Assistants.
|2018 Ontario general election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||24,813||47.71||+10.29|
|New Democratic||Melissa Williams||12,405||23.85||+12.34|
|None of the Above||Denis Van Decker||185||0.36|
|Ontario Moderate Party||Denis Gorlynskiy||60||0.12|
|Total valid votes||52,013||100.0|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||518||1.00|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||-1.95|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2014 Ontario general election: Whitby—Oshawa|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||23,985||40.66||−7.51|
|New Democratic||Ryan Kelly||13,662||23.16||+7.70|
|Total valid votes||58,995||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||−2.72|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2011 Ontario general election: Whitby—Oshawa|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||24,499||48.17||+4.16|
|New Democratic||Maret Sadem-Thompson||7,865||15.46||+4.34|
|Special Needs||Dan King||211||0.41|
|Total valid votes||50,862||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||154||0.30||-0.22|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+3.38|
|2007 Ontario general election: Whitby—Oshawa|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||22,694||44.00||−3.12|
|New Democratic||Nigel Moses||5,734||11.12||−1.57|
|Family Coalition||Dale Chilvers||275||0.53|
|Total valid votes||51,572||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||270||0.52|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||−1.06|
^ Change is from redistributed results.
|Whitby—AjaxOntario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006: |
Resignation of Jim Flaherty
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||15,843||46.23||−2.2|
|New Democratic||Julie Gladman||3,204||9.35||+0.2|
|Family Coalition||Victor Carvalho||102||0.30||–|
|Total valid votes||34,269||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||107||0.31|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing|
|Ontario provincial government of Doug Ford|
|Cabinet posts (3)|
|Deb Matthews||Deputy Premier of Ontario
June 29, 2018–present
|Helena Jaczek||Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
June 29, 2018–June 20, 2019
|Herself,[b] Merrilee Fullerton[c] and Michael Tibollo[d]|
|Herself[e]||Minister of Health
June 20, 2019-present
- as Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
- as Minister of Health
- as Minister of Long-Term Care
- as Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
- as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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