Christine Elliott entered politics when she won the March 2006 by-election for the riding of Whitby-Ajax, and was re-elected in 2007 for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa. Christine is currently Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Citizenship and Immigration, and Mental Health Reform.
Prior to entering politics, Christine was a founding member and partner of Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy, with offices in Whitby, Toronto and Ottawa, where she practised real estate, corporate and estate law. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980.
Active in her community, Christine is widely known for her commitment to the rights of people with special needs, a role she relishes and for which she has won numerous awards. In 2005, she received Whitby’s Peter Perry Award, an annual recognition of Whitby’s outstanding citizen. Prior to that she became a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, their highest award, in recognition of her pro bono legal work.
Christine is the co-founder and Director of the Abilities Centre, a multi-purpose sports, recreation and performing arts facility for people with special needs, which is currently under construction in Whitby. She is also a Past Director and Chair of Grandview Children’s Centre and a Past Director of the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation. She has served as a Director and Board President of Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) and was recognized when it named one of their group homes in her honour (Elliott House). She is a Director of Legacy Private Trust and has been a Director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Christine and her husband Jim Flaherty live in Whitby with their sons John, Galen and Quinn and dog Guiness.