Published on February 06, 2018

Hamilton, ON — Today, 10 elected officials declared their support for Christine Elliott as the next leader of the Ontario PC Party.

"I'm honoured to have the support of so many of my caucus colleagues and candidates across Ontario," said Christine Elliott. "We're a growing team, and, with the support of so many grassroots members, we're ready now to defeat Kathleen Wynne in the next election."

Today, Elliott also announced that Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward—Hastings and Roman Baber, candidate for York Centre, will serve as campaign co-chairs.

"I wanted to listen carefully to each of the candidates before making my decision," said Smith. "Having now had the opportunity to hear from each candidate, and with so little time before the next election, I've never been more sure that Christine is the only candidate with the right experience to finally beat Kathleen Wynne."

"Make no mistake, Kathleen Wynne will be a tough opponent and a fierce campaigner," said Baber. "We need an experienced leader who is ready now to unite our party and beat Kathleen Wynne, and that leader is Christine Elliott."

Quotes in support of Christine Elliott:

"Christine Elliott is a proven leader who will restore trust in the Premier's Office and confidence in Ontario's future. Her ability, integrity, competence, experience, sincerity, dedication and compassion ‎make Christine our best choice for Premier of Ontario right now." – Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills

"I'm delighted that Christine has made the decision to run because she has a very strong track record across the province and for me, would be the best choice to beat Kathleen Wynne. She brings a wealth of parliamentary experience, has demonstrated tremendous compassion in the work she's done over the years, and has a strong grasp of the challenges facing Ontarians. Christine has my full support." - Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa

"I had the honour of serving with Christine in the Ontario Legislature and I saw first-hand her intelligence, compassion and dedication to helping people that were struggling because of this government. I believe that she is the best choice to lead an open, inclusive PC Party that can win the election on June 7th." - Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford

"As a former caucus colleague and a PC Deputy Leader, Christine demonstrated strong leadership that, coupled with compassion, will guide her to victory and our province back on track. Ontarians deserve the most qualified candidate for the job and her years of experience, both inside and outside of the Legislature, will be vital as she listens to members, the people of Ontario, and champions the ideas that will move this province forward." - Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

"An election is imminent, and Ontario needs proven leadership to put us back on the path to prosperity. In my opinion, there is only one candidate who has the qualities that can unite our Party, and be the clear, trustworthy, and responsible voice Ontarians are looking for to replace Kathleen Wynne. This is why I am supporting Christine Elliott." - Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington

"There has never been a more important election for Ontario. We cannot afford 4 more years of a Kathleen Wynne government. The Ontario PC Party needs a leader who is ready right now to run against the Liberals in June and win. Christine Elliott has broad appeal with Ontario voters, the fire to run a winning campaign against the Liberals, and the experience to run our province." - Erin O'Toole, MP for Durham

"Christine Elliott has the experience we need to defeat the Liberals. She knows Perth-Wellington, and she understands rural and small-town Ontario. Her background in healthcare is also a major asset. Most importantly, she has what it takes to be Premier. I'm proud to support her." - Randy Pettapiece, MPP for Perth-Wellington

"Christine is ready to be Premier on day one. Our focus as a Party has to be beating the Liberals in June and Christine is the candidate that gives us the best chance to do that. Her dedication to this province and to Ontarians with disabilities make her the kind of compassionate, driven leader Ontario needs. That's why I'm supporting her to be the next leader of the Ontario PC Party." - Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward- Hastings

"I have had the pleasure of serving with Christine in Caucus and working closely as her Deputy Critic of Health, and believe she has the experience, integrity and leadership abilities needed to serve as our PC Leader. I fully support Christine's candidacy in the Leadership contest and believe she can become Premier and give hope to our great province!" - Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

"I'm thrilled to be able to support my friend Christine Elliott for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. I sat with Christine for a number of years in the Legislature and she has the background, passion and experience to win the election in June and become the next Premier of Ontario. She has my full support and is the best person for the job. I look forward to working with her in the coming months." - Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey