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Here are a few of the possible contenders for the Tory party’s top job. By MELISSA BURTON
Phillips, born and raised in Newmarket, graduated from Western University with an Honors BA in Political Science and English and then achieved an MBA degree from Wilfred Laurier University.
He became president and CEO of the company Shepell in 2002 and then the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in 2011.
Phillips was vice-chair of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s transition team in 2014, has been Chair of Afiniti Canada and chair of the board of Postmedia.
In November he became the Ontario PC candidate in the riding of Ajax.
Born in Montreal, raised in Ottawa, Mulroney graduated Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.
She has had a career as a financial analyst, lawyer and is currently vice-president of Toronto-based investment firm, BloombergSen Investment Partners.
Mulroney is also involved in charities, co-founding the Shoebox Project for Shelters and being a member of the board of directors of the SickKids Foundation.
It was announced in September that she will be the Ontario PC candidate in the riding of York-Simcoe.
A former businessman, Ford served as Toronto city councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North in Toronto, his hometown, from 2010 to 2014, during the time his brother, the late Rob Ford, was Mayor of Toronto.
As councillor, he was on the board of Build Toronto, a director of the Canadian National Exhibition and currently serves on the budget committee, the civic appointments committee and the government management committee at council.
In September he announced he would run for mayor of Toronto in the 2018 municipal election.
Born in Wingham, Ont., Thompson graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics.
She has been a MPP for the riding of Huron-Bruce since 2011 and also currently serves as the PC Critic for International Trade, Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and is a member on the Standing Committee on General Government.
She was also chosen by the Speaker of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly to represent Ontario for the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian region.
The University of Western Ontario and Western Law School graduate was born in Oshawa, raised in Whitby and began practicing law in 1980.
Elliot was a member in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2006 to 2015, representing the ridings of Whitby-Ajax and Whitby-Oshawa.
She has also served on the board of directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is the co-founder and a director of the Abilities Centre, a Whitby-based facility for people of all abilities. Elliot was also appointed as Ontario’s first Patient Ombudsman.