Ontario PC Party leadership candidate Christine Elliott addressing a town hall audience at Colasanti's in Kingsville, March 1, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Elliott Committed To Repealing Green Energy Act

Ontario PC Party leadership hopeful Christine Elliott is reaching out to Chatham-Kent Tories in one final bid for support.

She’s highlighting her experience in both the legislature and in the healthcare sector as well as her commitment to give power back to municipalities when it comes to where wind turbines can go up.

“I think that it’s really important to make sure that local municipalities have the right back to come back to decide whether they want to have them in their municipality or not — the Green Energy Act cut out the municipal rights,” says Elliott. “We would repeal the Green Energy Act and we can’t cancel contracts that have already been written… but I would certainly want to take a look at them to see if they can be terminated quickly or at least not extended.”

Elliott says those plans would not include cancelling microFIT contracts, adding she’s aware that some individual landowners have signed those contracts and have a big financial interest in them.

She’s also committed to installing concrete barriers along the Hwy. 401 corridor between London and Tilbury, saying “we need to make sure people are safe on our roadways.”

Elliott recently passed through the area on her way to and from a stop at Colasanti’s in Kingsville and says she hopes to visit Chatham-Kent soon in order to “understand again, more specifically, what help the area needs to be more successful.”

At her meeting in Kingsville, Elliott also provided a summary of her platform and answered a few questions from the audience.

Elliott is one of four candidates competing for the leadership position that was left empty when Patrick Brown resigned. The other candidates are former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, Toronto lawyer and business woman Caroline Mulroney, and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen.

Voting closes Friday at noon and the winner will be announced on Saturday, March 10.