Former Progressive Jim Flaherty abandoned his provincial Whitby-Ajax riding to run for the Conservatives in the Jan. 23 federal election.
Flaherty won and Prime Minister Stephen Harper made him Finance Minister.
Now his wife, Christine Elliott, a prominent Whitby lawyer, wants to succeed him as MPP.
She is seeking the PC nomination for a by-election expected within the next few months.
“I was raised in Whitby, and it’s been a privilege to practise law and to serve this community in many capacities as a volunteer. It would be a great honour to bring my passion for this community to Queen’s Park,” Elliott said in a statement.
Before anyone makes Bill and Hillary comparisons, Tory insiders claim Elliott is an even better politician than her husband, who is no slouch at campaigning, speechifying or debating.
Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory is said to be delighted at the prospect of such a high-profile candidate.
“Remember,” said one PC source, “we have to be selecting candidates who can be seen as future cabinet ministers.”
The nomination meeting is scheduled for March 27, unless of course the by-election is called before then.