Ontario Progressive Conservative Leadership candidate Christine Elliott, MPP, Whitby-Oshawa, was compelled into the political arena after serving as a volunteer working with people with special needs. She was the Chair of her local community mental health organization for nine years and then later became involved with children who experience physical and intellectual disabilities. Elliot’s son also has an intellectual disability and her late husband –former federal cabinet minister Jim Flaherty, also championed the fight for inclusion and equal rights among Canadians with disabilities.
Two years ago Elliot brought forward a private members resolution to create a select committee to focus on the broad spectrum of support for people with various needs. On March 20th, 2014 the Committee released an interim report outlining a series of recommendations that would impact and include: wait times for service; inclusive education and employment opportunities; ODSP and health care; housing; and community participation.
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