Ontario PC Leadership Candidate
As a mother, lawyer, businesswoman, and entrepreneur, Christine knows the importance of balancing a family budget and managing a successful business. Christine knows that responsible leadership is needed to get Ontario back onto the right financial track.
Christine graduated from the University of Western Ontario with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Laws degree. Christine then built a successful career in business and law, working first on the international audit team of one of Canada’s largest banks. Christine later co-founded a law firm with her late husband Jim Flaherty, where she specialized in real estate, corporate law, and estate law. As a sophisticated business leader, lawyer, and entrepreneur, Christine has worked tirelessly to help businesses in Whitby, Ottawa, and Toronto open, expand, and thrive.
Christine also used her business and legal prowess to pursue her commitment to public service, and her pro bono legal work for charitable organizations gained her the recognition as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award with Rotary.
In 2006, Christine was elected MPP. For the next 9 years, Christine served the people of Ontario, including as Deputy Leader. Christine left politics to become the Patient Ombudsman in 2016, where she fought for better access to health care for all Ontarians. Christine is running for Leader of the Ontario PC Party to make our province a better place to live, work and grow for all Ontarians.