Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, visited Sault Ste. Marie yesterday to meet with local Liberals, and to wrap up a five-day tour of Northern municipalities.
“We know that Conservatives may claim to be ‘for the people’ but their cuts hurt children and families,” said Coteau. “I’ve been on the campaign trial with federal Liberal candidates since the writ dropped, and also working hard to build support in the upcoming Ontario Liberal leadership race, by reaching out to people from all walks of life who know we can do better than the failed approach of Doug Ford.
“I am running to ensure Ontario is the best place in the world to raise a family, where children are the healthiest, safest, best educated, and where we ensure everyone–regardless of region or life circumstances–has a fair shot at success,” said Coteau.
Michael Coteau immigrated to Canada as a child and grew up in Flemingdon Park, a working-class neighbourhood in North York. The first member of his family to graduate high school and university, he started his own small business, worked as a community organiser and head of a national nonprofit. He was elected to the Toronto District School Board three times and served as vice-chair of the board, championing digital tools in the classroom, equity strategies and community use of schools. Coteau was elected three times as Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley East, and served in multiple ministries where he was tasked with bringing people together to fix tough files, including supports for children with autism, reforming services for children in care, delivering a successful Pan-Am Games, supporting film and cultural economic development, and implementing an anti-racism strategy. He and his wife, Lori, are raising two young daughters.