Ontario PCs announce candidate for Kitchener Centre by-election who resides in Keswick

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

The Ontario Progressive Conservative party has announced that Rob Elliott will be their candidate for the upcoming Kitchener Centre by-election.

In a press release, Elliott is described as having experience working in the transportation sector and government.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.

“It’s time for Kitchener Centre to have a voice in government that will champion the growth of our local economy,” said Elliott in the release. “Our Ontario PC team is bringing better jobs with bigger paycheques to Waterloo Region, including in the electric vehicle and hi-tech sectors. Now’s the time to keep building.”

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party confirmed to CityNews 570 that their new candidate for Kitchener Centre does not live in Kitchener — he lives 160 kilometres away.

Elliott lives in Keswick.

A statement from the party, attributable to Elliott, said he earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, and that he met his wife here.

The statement goes on to say, “This community is personal to me. As MPP, I will be accessible and present at my local office and at community events.”

The statement makes no comment on a Toronto Star article from years ago that claimed Elliott quit the party in 2017 over concerns about nomination procedures.

The Doug Ford government has yet to drop the writ to announce a date for the by-election for Kitchener Centre to replace former NDP MPP, Laura Mae Lindo.

Other candidates in the election include Debbie Chapman representing the NDP, Kelly Steiss representing the Liberal Party, and Aislinn Clancy representing the Green Party.

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