By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
The provincial representative for the Whitby-Oshawa riding will not be at the helm of the Progressive Conservatives after all.
Christine Elliott, who has been the face of the riding for nearly a decade, lost in her bid for leader of the PCs to soon-to-be former Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Brown has been a Conservative MP for nearly 10 years.
“Today’s PC Party reflects our province. No matter which candidate you supported at the beginning of this race or who you voted for at the end, today is a day of celebration for us all,” Brown said at his victory speech in Toronto. “Together, we expanded our party. Together, we have put it back on the map and out front in the polls. Together, we have rekindled the spirit and given it new life.”
Despite a campaign that saw some mud flinging, Elliott voiced her support for Brown.
“I congratulate Patrick Brown on his success today. He has gained the confidence of members and earned a mandate to lead our party. I wish him every success as leader and as future premier of Ontario,” she said in a released statement. “I am confident that Progressive Conservatives will unite behind Patrick’s leadership. Our party will restore Ontario’s place as the economic powerhouse of Canada.”
This is not the first time that Elliott has run for the top spot in the PC Party, running to replace former party leader and now Toronto mayor John Tory. She would place third behind former leader Tim Hudak and former provincial cabinet minister Frank Klees.
Elliott was unavailable to speak with The Oshawa Express before press time.