March 01, 2018

Post-debate media scrum with Christine Elliott: “You can’t just pluck wind turbines out of the ground”

David MenziesMission Specialist


The final debate for the four remaining PC leadership candidates was held in Ottawa last night.

Watch as I bring you the post-debate media scrum held with Christine Elliott.

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commented 2018-03-03 23:26:48 -0500
Elliot is strangely supportive of Patrick Brown. Then, there is Patrick Brown’s team who quickly supported Mulroney…. I don’t like this at all!
commented 2018-03-02 16:09:48 -0500
Liza Rosie—Truthfully, I would also like to see her as a MLA and see how she really behaves.
I had to exaggerate so Vincent could understand.
commented 2018-03-02 15:00:36 -0500
Maybe. Passion is good but….
We don’t know that much about her yet and Ontario can’t afford to make any mistakes, so your caution Ron is well taken.
I am still very interested though, maybe not for premiere, but possibly in some other role.
She did temper her statement with honouring the contracts with landowners and negotiating a payout deal with the windmill companies , so getting rid of them by legal means. I have no sympathy for those companies who were more than happy to do their part in raping the tax payer.
However you make a good point about Allen’s exuberance.
commented 2018-03-02 12:01:26 -0500
Vincent Cassini said "
Explain why Tanya is in last place and how no hope of EVER winning the leadership in any political party if she is a true conservative. Seems to me like Ontario doesn’t want whatever you deem to be a true conservative. Even Mulroney has a better shot.
Vincent, Conservative means “a calm person in full control of their thoughts.” , not someone that 3 minutes after you meet them , says she wants to blow the turbines out of the ground. No, I stay away from people like that because next she might want to blow me and my house out of the ground. Allen may be a radical Green Party Member that chains herself to a tree or pipeline; another type of CINO.
commented 2018-03-02 10:43:44 -0500
If Ontario is successful in putting the kibosh on the sexualization of children in their province a precedent will be set. Parents don’t like it, and would be just as happy to see it banished. Don’t forget the other provinces are implementing it as well Ontario just lead the way.

That is why I am so vocal about it. B.C. and Alberta need to scrap theirs as well, Canada can’t afford that much messing with children’s sexuality. It is unprecedented and it is dangerous to all of us. Get it out of the schools and chase it out of our libraries. When they are coming that blatantly for your children you know the socialists are a very big step closer to full on control. It is a serious issue and needs to be taken more seriously by all conservative politicians.

Pulling turbines out is big. What a photo op that will be and what a symbolic gesture to the world of eco nazis. Sounds like a good excuse for a big big party!
I love it. I think Ford and Allen make the left nervous. They are both just too right on the mark.
commented 2018-03-02 02:09:41 -0500
Actually, it might be highly symbolic for the next Conservative Premier of Ontario to have a wind turbine, or two, or three, “blown out of the ground” on the first day in office!… You’d have the blessings of Mother Nature, the birds and bats, and a lot of people to boot…
commented 2018-03-02 02:06:41 -0500
Explain why Tanya is in last place and how no hope of EVER winning the leadership in any political party if she is a true conservative. Seems to me like Ontario doesn’t want whatever you deem to be a true conservative. Even Mulroney has a better shot.
commented 2018-03-02 01:33:58 -0500
Vincent Cassini—The Rebel Ladies are correct when they say Vincent doesn’t read the comments before he comments on them.
I like Christine, but she is a soft Conservative. Liza and Tammie were sharp to notice that Christine quickly said, “we can’t just rip the turbines out of the ground.” Other people like James showed us it is possible, along with Anthony Furey.
All I’m saying is she seems like a Low Energy Person for a Humongous job. She would make a good MLA. and Minister, just not the top job.

I usually don’t comment on subjects that don’t affect me, however I figure the Ont. School kids issue will kill itself, like most stupid Liberal ideas do.
commented 2018-03-02 00:03:02 -0500
Elliot doesn’t like simplistic, that’s a danger sign right there. Yes Christine it is that simple. When you are the government with a Majority, you can do What The Hell You Want When You Want. We have working models of that here in Canada and Ontario is a leader in that concept. Wynne was told you can’t sell the hydro, begged not to sell the hydro, fully informed of the repercussions. But, she went ahead with her plan. Was told not implement that unpopular Sex Ed Program by protesting parents. She went ahead with her plan. Remember the Gas Plant under McGuinty and Wynne, they went ahead with their plan. And everything else they have done against the people that are actually paying for their little personal projects. They do what they want. Let us not forget Notley and our big favorite Justin Trudeau. They do what they want. And you will as well Christine if you become Premier. The only problem is that you will do what you want when it is against WE the taxpayers. I doubt very much that you will violate any contracts with your big business friends, no matter HOW MUCH it costs us. And those turbines need to go. They cost too much to buy and maintain, they don’t work all that well when they are working. They represent a health issue to local residents and wildlife. Christine, they Simply aren’t what they are cracked up to be. Blow them down.
commented 2018-03-01 23:53:21 -0500
Compared to you and your extreme standards, pretty much everyone is a CINO.

Did you watch the debates? They all pretty much have the same view on 90% of the issues, so Christine isn’t a conservative to you, because she isn’t losing her shit over the sex ed program like Tanya, but still feels that parents need to be consulted? She is actually more conservative than Ford per her position on some issues.
commented 2018-03-01 23:48:54 -0500
Not true at all. You obviously don’t watch Canadian network news at all. I have watched all three and they spend maybe 4 minutes max on Trump IF there is something worthy that day. Most Canadian news focuses on Canadian news, especially if it’s local news.

Thanks for confirming you don’t want network news and pulled your Trump claim out of your ass.
commented 2018-03-01 23:35:30 -0500
I already said Elliott is a conservative in name only.
commented 2018-03-01 23:34:30 -0500
The comparison Ron was only that Trump has stamina at his age why wouldn’t Elliott.
Because you said this, “Christine’s best days are behind her. She could probably hold the candle, but she no longer has what it takes to light the candle. To re-build Ontario the New Premier will have to have end-less energy.”
commented 2018-03-01 23:25:54 -0500
If Trump ever left Politics CBC, CTV and Global would have to make their News Hour 1/2 hour less, as he is all they talk about.
For that kind of attention it takes a lot of work.
commented 2018-03-01 23:16:59 -0500
Trump works 20 hours a day.


He’s played more golf in one year than Obama did in two terms.

I can’t believe you actually think Trump works hard as opposed to delegating responsibility to other while he watches TV and goes on Twitter for the most part.

You are clueless.
commented 2018-03-01 22:41:18 -0500
Liza Rosie—I never said that old age is Christine’s problem, she is only 63; I mentioned her energy is going down. She has had a rough go of it, losing her close partner at an early age. In order to rebuild Ont. , the Premier will have to have massive stamina.
I’m glad you noticed that both Andrew and Vincent like Christine, just as they like " Scheer." The trolls can smell a CINO a mile away.
Liza, its quite worrying that you would compare Trump (a guy that works 20 hr. a day) to Christine; perhaps Andrew & Vincent’s comments are starting to have an effect.
commented 2018-03-01 22:40:20 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt:
Good article.
I tried to find an email address for Elliott. Nothing.

Speaking of nothing, many have not received the necessary info to be able to vote.
Another election flushed down the proverbial toilet.
commented 2018-03-01 21:17:53 -0500
This is what you don’t understand. Christine Elliott is a conservative, but a rational and reasonable one. Tanya is an extreme nut and that’s why is in last place.

You want someone who can appeal to liberals too and steal votes. Do you actually think if Elliott becomes leader and then beats Wynne, that Elliott will just give us more years of Wynne or will she bring her conservative viewpoint to Ontario as she has laid out in the debates.

Is someone only a conservative to you if they make the sex ed a top priority to repeal?
commented 2018-03-01 21:05:58 -0500
So the lefties are rooting for Elliott.

Andrew yes there will be some tech jobs , but cars don’t build themselves without people running the computers which run the machines. Somebody has to maintain them aside from program them, still big employers.
What about steel, there is no reason we aren’t a competitive supplier anymore. What about the smaller manufacturing plants who can no longer survive here?
Employers like Campbell Soup, Kellogg or Caterpillar and the many others who have left for friendlier countries should still be here.

The success Trump is having with returning and new companies is proof it can happen and it is not all high tech jobs. Someone still has to make the toilet paper, build appliances and any number of other manufacturing companies. Of course modern production calls for modern skills but they are not all top level or university engineering type employment. I agree that skills training is a big problem right across the country and it is what they use as one of the excuses for bringing in people from other countries when a little training could fill those jobs with unemployed Canadians.

You seem to think Elliott fits that bill and I can understand why someone leaning left would feel that way.
Good luck, but this is a leadership race for a real conservative. If you think after the close call with Brown, people will settle for anything less, then I think it will be you who is surprised at the result.
commented 2018-03-01 19:56:22 -0500
Andrew gets it.

Everyone else is blinded by Doug Ford’s midlevel drug dealer charm.
commented 2018-03-01 18:49:29 -0500
“liza rosie commented 2018-03-01 18:25:24 -0500
In the full debate, Elliot said the good manufacturing jobs that used to be the life blood of the province no longer exist. She is right, but she is dead wrong that they will never come back.”

Partly, she’s right. The days of the unskilled bolt-tightener are gone, the era of the skilled toolmaker/CNC operator/automation tech etc is here… and the latter are already mostly well employed – in fact Ontario is already short on red-seal trades guys who can do that.

The skills mismatch is probably Ontario’s biggest problem, and Elliot is probably the only one of the bunch that seems to realize that. To his credit, so did Jim Flaherty, who had the Ontario perspective most of the rest of his party lacked. Doug Ford’s platitudes? Not so much …
commented 2018-03-01 18:25:24 -0500
In the full debate, Elliot said the good manufacturing jobs that used to be the life blood of the province no longer exist. She is right, but she is dead wrong that they will never come back. She thinks giving seed money for a research in health her example was brain care, is going to create jobs which will keep people working in Ontario. Give me a break! Tanya Allen is much more on the ball than the other women and appears to do her homework, but Ford has the cold hard successful business experience, and I have no doubt that he can bring back companies which will provide the jobs so desperately needed there.

Ford is the guy who understands how it works, Mulroney and Elliot definitely do not.
commented 2018-03-01 16:47:32 -0500
Ford’s answers were nothing of substance. It’s like he reads buzz words from a script.
commented 2018-03-01 16:45:21 -0500
The problem with Elliott is that, deep down, she is a climate alarmist. Her prime reason for not supporting a carbon right now tax is that a $50.00 price is not enough to have any impact on behavior. So maybe $100.00 would do it for her? Also, the fact she jumped ship to take a job from Wynne is also problematic. She does seem well spoken and experienced but I think she is a CINO.
commented 2018-03-01 16:42:42 -0500
I don’t know if that is fair Ron. Look at Trump. he is no spring chicken. Her age isn’t why I don’t like her, but she is not a stupid person.
commented 2018-03-01 16:40:55 -0500
Elliot says its not possible to scrap Green contracts.

She should read Anthony Furey’s article from last year. Of course it can be done.
The only way to clean out the Ontario swamp and make hydro affordable again is to scrap them. Total black hole of a money pit.

re: wind turbines. They have a 20 year life span and many don’t make it that long before they need replacing. They barely pay for themselves in 20 years. They cost money they don’t save money. There are a lot of rural people who would be damn glad to see them ripped out.
commented 2018-03-01 16:33:39 -0500
Vincent Cassini—OK she did give the best answers yesterday, but Ford did well also.
Here is an analogy to the above:
If the NDP were having a Leadership Race and Ed Broadbent was in it; he would give the best answers as he has been on this planet for 100 years. However I can’t see anyone voting for him because his energy is gone or he might die in Parliament.
commented 2018-03-01 16:04:04 -0500
She gave the best answers to EVERYTHING yesterday.