Saying there is a new way forward, Whitby M.P.P. Christine Elliot, has become the first candidate to announce her intentions to replace Tim Hudak as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
The widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty says the people of Ontario sent her party a strong message in this months election that the PC’s failed to connect with the issues that matter to them.
She says a lot of work needs to be done over the next four years to rebuild the party from the ground up and she believes she is the person to lead the way.
She says she will work with grassroots supporters to find their vision of the party and Ontario.
Elliott, who is the deputy leader of the party, finished third when Hudak won the Tory leadership race in 2009.
Educated as a lawyer, Elliott entered politics when she won a seat in Whitby in the March 2006 by election.
Other names that have been floated as potential leadership contenders are Tory labour critic Monte McNaughton, Tory energy critic Lisa MacLeod, Tory finance critic Vic Fedeli and party president Richard Ciano.