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Christine Elliott, Jim Flaherty's widow, expected to seek Ontario PC leadership

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Sources say Christine Elliott _ the widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty _ will be taking another shot at leading Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.

Elliott is expected to announce tomorrow that she’s entering the race to succeed Tim Hudak, who will be stepping down as PC leader when the legislature returns on July 2.

A spokeswoman for Elliott would not confirm, saying only that the Tory member of the legislature would make an announcement.

Elliott finished third when Hudak won the Tory leadership race in 2009.

Flaherty failed in bids in 2002 and 2004 to lead the Ontario Tories.

Her name was put forward as a possible favourite to replace Hudak after he announced he was stepping down following the crushing defeat of his party in the June 12 election.