By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Christine Elliott, the member of provincial parliament representing the Whitby-Oshawa riding, has stepped down.
“It has been an honour to represent the people of Whitby-Oshawa,” Elliott said in a brief statement sent to the media on Friday, when she resigned. “I would like to thank all the voters, colleagues, friends, and family who have supported me throughout the years.”
Earlier this year, Elliott had thrown her hat into the ring to run for the head of the Progressive Conservative party, only to be defeated by Barrie MP Patrick Brown, who is currently running in a byelection for a provincial seat after stepping down from his federal one.
““On behalf of the Ontario PC Party, I would like to thank Christine Elliott for her years of service to her constituents of Whitby-Oshawa, and for her contributions to the party,” Brown said in a statement. “Christine has been a tireless advocate for her constituents and Ontario, and an esteemed member of our caucus. We appreciate her well wishes and in turn wish her the best as she embarks on this next chapter of her life.”
Elliott first entered provincial politics nearly a decade ago in 2006, running in the former Whitby-Ajax riding in a byelection to replace the former MPP and her husband, the late Jim Flaherty.
Elliott would go on to win in the newly formed Whitby-Oshawa riding the following year, along with two more election wins in 2011 and 2014.
A date has not yet been set for a byelection to replace Elliott in the provincial legislature.