TORONTO—Bruce McIntosh, the past president of the Ontario Autism Coalition, today endorsed Michael Coteau, the MPP for Don Valley East, in the Ontario Liberal leadership race.
McIntosh released a video endorsement, available here.
“For the past fifteen years, we’ve been reactive to two different parties and three premiers. The time has come to change politics from the inside by electing a man who gets it, who supported us and who I believe will make a great Premier,” said McIntosh, a former Conservative staffer and campaign manager. “Michael Coteau listened to us, worked with us and developed a program together with us. I am calling on our autism community to get behind Michael Coteau, to sign up to join the party to vote to make him leader—to change politics from inside the process.”
“I am incredibly touched by Bruce McIntosh’s support and his call to action,” said Coteau. "I firmly believe the number one goal of any government is to ensure Ontario is the best place to raise—and to be—a child, and I am honoured to have earned Bruce’s support. Children and adults with autism, and everyone living with a disability, deserve a government that works for them and with them. I will lead that kind of a compassionate government.”
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 organizer 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.
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