Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday March 5, 2022
Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott confirms she won’t seek re-election
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is facing another high-profile resignation just months away from the provincial election as Christine Elliott, his deputy premier, announced on Friday that she’s leaving politics.
CBC News broke the news of Elliott’s departure late Thursday.
Elliott has served as health minister since Ford’s Progressive Conservatives took office in 2018, putting her at the forefront of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued Friday morning, Elliott said she made the decision to not run in the coming provincial election after “considerable reflection and discussion” with her family.
” I sought elected office in 2006 because of my strong desire to improve the quality of life of individuals with special needs, as well as mental health challenges. I saw gaps in care and that motivated me to action,” Elliott said.