Coteau blitzes through key battleground of York Region to support Liberal candidates

MPP joined local Liberal candidates on the first day of the 43rd federal election 

NEWMARKET—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, blitzed through York Region in support of federal Liberal candidates on the first day of the 43rd federal election. 

“This is a critical election here in York Region and across Ontario,” said Coteau. “We know that Conservatives may claim to be ‘for the people’ but their cuts hurt children and families. We need to elect strong, local Liberal candidates to ensure we choose forward in this campaign. I’m so pleased to join such strong, local, experienced candidates who I know will do a fantastic job representing these growing communities in Ottawa.” 

Coteau campaigned with Dr Helena Jaczek, a former MPP and Ontario Minister of Health, in Markham—Stouffville; former mayor Tony Van Bynen in Newmarket—Aurora; and Dr Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a distinguished Indigenous academic, in York—Simcoe.

“We know that Conservatives cannot be trusted to protect our planet,” said Coteau. “Even though he promised not to build on the Greenbelt, we learned just this week that Doug Ford was in secret talks with developers about paving the Greenbelt. We need to elect local champions like Tony, Helena and Cynthia to ensure we protect this region’s pristine natural environment from Conservatives like Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer.” 

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.

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