WATCH: Christine Elliott officially announces PC leadership bid

The Whitby-Oshawa MPP and Tory deputy leader made the announcement near Queen's Park

Christine Elliott already has support from several members of her party's caucus in her quest for Progressive Conservative leadership.

She announced her plans to run on Wednesday, one week before current leader Tim Hudak will officially resign from the post.

Newstalk 1010 learned of her plans on Tuesday.

"After many discussions with my sons, John, Galen, and Quinn, my friends and my family, I am determined to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario," she said.

Elliot says she doesn't think the key to gaining support is moving the party closer to the political centre but rather finding a way to connect with voters.

She says voters sent the party a message on June 12, when the PCs lost nine seats, that it failed to connect with the issues that matter.

The Whitby-Oshawa MPP, and deputy leader, spoke across the street from Queen's Park, standing at a podium with a sign that read, "Christine, Ready To Lead."

When pressed if she was too nice to effectively lead the party, Elliott stresses she's tough. She pointed specifically to the months after the death of her husband, former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty in the spring.

Elliott says he would have backed her decision to do this, since he had supported the idea back when she rain in 2009.

Hudak won that one, with Elliott placing third.

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  1. Sonny posted on 06/25/2014 11:23 AM
    She will win because she is Flaherty's widow despite coming in 3rd last time
  2. Jim posted on 06/25/2014 11:37 AM
    Completely classless and disrespectful. Should have waited until Tim Hudak's resignation takes effect.
    1. Dawkins posted on 06/25/2014 12:47 PM
      @Jim Tim Hudak is the reason that the liberals will be in power for 12 years. HE cost the conservatives two elections back to back. HE should have been gone after his first failed attempt. The quicker we turn the page on this failure the better for all. Hudak staying around this long is totally disrespectful and classless to the taxpayers of Ontario.
    2. dama posted on 06/25/2014 02:17 PM
      @Jim why is it classless and disrespectful when Tim Hudak had already given his resignation as of July 2 2014?

      Any company would have place an ad for replacement and this is no difference.. you are so petty !!!!

      If Christine Elliott would have won the last leadership, she would have been premier by now.. but the OLD BOY's Club would prefer to see a man like Tim Hudak as their leader..

      The recent leadership convention, there were 20 PC memebers wanted to open up the leadership debate but was shot down.. they could have listen and maybe changed its leader and who knows. PC might won.. but thats a story we would not know...

      4 years from now,, Christine Elliott might have a shot if she wil to listen to all PC MPs and not the old boy's policy makers.. and old PC consultants.. .
    3. Jim posted on 06/25/2014 04:27 PM
      @Dawkins You're partly right, he should have been replaced after the first loss. However, the party chose not to do so.

      Curious if you and the dumb ass dama would be so laid back if someone had come out the night Jim Flarhety died and said, "I want to be Finance Minister."
    4. dama posted on 06/25/2014 06:17 PM
      @Jim You are cant apply for the position of Finance Minster.. Finance Minister is appointed by Stephen Harper where else leadership needs PC members to vote..

      now who is the dumb ass.. hey you cant debate without resorting to name calling then I suggest you dig a hole and just stay there - FOREVER..
  3. arthur posted on 06/25/2014 12:20 PM
    where do you start rebuilding a broken down decimated party with out of touch people and policies?
    good luck to the candidates you will need it
    1. Greg posted on 06/25/2014 03:56 PM
      @arthur The people and policies are very much In Touch with reality. They recognize that our path is unsustainable and will lead us to financial ruin. The voters put their fingers in their ears and re-elected tax and spend Liberals (with the help of19 or so unions - wait for the payback). I agree the candidates have their work cut out for them, but they will never win as long as the Libs trot out the old Mike Harris bogeyman.
      BTW - I would kill for Mike Harris right now.
    2. Sonny posted on 06/25/2014 03:56 PM
      @arthur She's not nice but tough which is fine given they gave Hudak to 2 cracks
    3. ORY posted on 06/25/2014 04:13 PM
      @arthur You hear that, everybody? Because we can't understand why 56% of voters decided to cut off their right foot with a hatchet, we're the ones who are out of touch! Gosh, it's all so clear now.
    4. dama posted on 06/25/2014 07:08 PM
      @arthur The policies and platforms in the recent election were sound, , just that it
      was delivered too aggressively and not explained clearly with regards to the 100 000 job cut.. it was too late for Tim Hudak to retract and public unions hit on that..

      At the current pace, it cannot be sustained,, I bet there were be unions that will not be happy come contract time,, then again The Liberal is stil in power with a majority..

      On topic, Christine Elliot if elected as leader, will have at least 3 years to rebuild the PC, she needs new young policy advisor and not those old hags in the back room..
  4. john posted on 06/25/2014 05:26 PM
    she's mean, she's tough, she's a little bit rough, and that's what i like about Elliott.
    so don't be a clown around here in lieberal town, like the idiots who ain't gonna like Elliott.
    1. john's mother posted on 06/25/2014 06:02 PM
      @john Only English spoken here, John.
      Your garbage doesn't count.
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