January 23, 2015 12:03 pm
Updated: June 25, 2019 10:29 am

Doug Ford backs Christine Elliott for Ontario PC leadership

Christine Elliott, widow of former federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, announces her intention to run for the Ontario PC leadership during a press conference in Toronto on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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TORONTO – Former Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford is throwing his support behind MPP Christine Elliot to become Ontario’s new P.C. leader.

Ford hosted a reception for the widow of former finance minister Jim Flaherty on Thursday night.

Elliot says the endorsement by Ford, a former Toronto councillor, is a strong push for her campaign.

Doug Ford had considered running for the Tory leadership himself but announced in November he would not join the race to replace Tim Hudak, who resigned after the Liberals won a majority in the June 12 election.

His brother, former Toronto mayor and current city councillor Rob Ford, is supporting MPP Monte McNaughton to become the next leader of the provincial conservatives.

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