BRAMPTON—Last night, Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Michael Coteau visited Brampton for a full-house town hall meeting with local Liberals and to share his plan to change the province and the party for the better, and speak to his views on the importance of social action.
"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.
The event at St. Paul’s United Church in the heart of downtown Brampton brought in many from the Peel community to hear from the third term MPP, including Councillor Charmaine Williams. Michael has structured his campaign on reaching out and hearing from residents about their concerns for the province.
“The biggest waste we face in Ontario is the waste of human potential. Doug Ford is in it for tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations—and cuts for everyone else. I’m in it for children and families, our future,” Coteau declared.
“I learnt my values because of how I grew up: as a working-class, immigrant kid. And because of where: in an Ontario that gave me a chance to make it. I’m driven to fight for those values by replacing Doug Ford, and restoring decency to our politics,” Coteau concluded.
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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