NORTH YORK—In the latest of a series of high-profile endorsements, Michael Coteau has earned major endorsements from prominent individuals in Huron, Bruce and Grey Counties, including former MP Ovid Jackson and current Grey County Warden Selwyn Hicks. Coteau was previously endorsed by former MPPs and ministers of agriculture Carol Mitchell and Jack Riddell.
“Michael Coteau is running an inspired campaign focused on our shared values and the drive we need to succeed,” said Ovid Jackson, the long-time Member of Parliament for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound. “I am glad to be supporting his campaign for Ontario Liberal leader.”
“In Michael Coteau, I see a leader with a clear vision to improve our governance, strengthen our relationships between municipalities and Queen’s Park, and to focus on protecting our lakes and natural environment, particularly in rural Ontario,” said Hicks, the warden of Grey County and deputy mayor of Hanover.
In the leadership race, Coteau has the most donors and the second-most funds raised of any candidate, with more than three-quarters coming from donations of $100 or less. His campaign is gaining momentum with nearly 700 volunteers and a rising tide of high-profile endorsements from former MPPs, current MPs and municipal and community leaders all across the province.
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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