Coteau leadership campaign continues to gain momentum

Third-term MPP earns the endorsement of longest-serving Speaker Peter Milliken

TORONTO—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, continues to gain momentum and support with the most grassroots donors of any campaign and the support of Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Peter Milliken. 

"We are running a campaign to change the Ontario Liberal Party and the Province of Ontario for the better,” said Coteau. “We’re doing that by changing how we fundraise, with a grassroots approach focused on reaching out to Ontarians in all areas of the province. I’m honoured to have Speaker Milliken’s support for our values-driven campaign.

"I am running to ensure Ontario is the best place to raise—and to be—a child, and we’re hard at work to reach out to bring people into our party,” said Coteau.

"Michael Coteau is the right choice to be Ontario Liberal leader and Premier,” said Milliken, who served as a Kingston-area MP from 1988-2001, with over a decade as Speaker.

"He has put forward thoughtful proposals to improve governance at Queen’s Park and bold ideas to fight climate change, invest in children and families, and ensure Ontario prospers,” said Milliken.

With today’s candidate registration deadline, the Coteau campaign:

  • Has the most grassroots donors of any campaign, with over 550
  • Has raised roughly $165,000, with over 75% of donations $100 or less
  • Has visited some 105 ridings all across the province
  • Has earned the support of dozens of Liberals and community leaders (full list:
  • Released thorough proposals on party renewal, improving governance at Queen’s Park and fighting climate change, with more to come (full documents:

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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