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Christine Elliott

Christine Elliott is a former Ontario MPP who finished second to Patrick Brown in the most recent PC leadership race in 2015. Elliott is the wife of the late Jim Flaherty, a former federal finance minister for the Conservatives. As of Feb. 7, Elliott has received endorsements from nine MPPs, while Caroline Mulroney has five and Doug Ford has one, the Toronto Star reports. Elliott served as an MPP for Whitby-Oshawa from 2006 to 2015, making her the candidate with the most experience in provincial politics. “I do have the experience and within a few months of an election that’s really important,” she tells the Toronto Star. Elliott is quite familiar to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals. The government appointed Elliott as Ontario’s first patient ombudsman in 2015, allowing her to oversee the province’s health sector organizations and make recommendations to improve care. She has since resigned to run for the Ontario PC leadership. Elliott has won a seat in Ontario on four different occassions. Photo from Getty Images.

PHOTOS: Meet the Ontario PC leadership candidates

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks in Ontario politics.

The Ontario PC Party is in the midst of a leadership campaign mere months away from a provincial election.

Patrick Brown was supposed to square off against NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier.

However, Brown resigned as party leader hours after publicly denying allegations of sexual misconduct that were made by two unnamed women in a CTV News story published on Jan. 24.

Brown has said the “false” allegations are “categorically untrue.”

His resignation prompted the party to launch a new leadership race. The race attracted four candidates: Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen.

The four candidates debated provincial issues on TVO on Feb. 15. A second and final debate took place on Feb. 28.

The fight for leadership of the PC party marks one of the shortest political races in Ontario’s history. It’s also one with so much at stake.

After 15 years of the Liberals in power, winds of change may finally be sweeping through Canada’s most populous province.

Candidates were required to submit $100,000 each in fees and deposits and another $25,000 for access to the party’s membership list.

The new Ontario PC leader will be announced on March 10.