Third-term MPP earns another major endorsement from former Leader
BRANTFORD—Former Deputy Premier and former Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party Robert Nixon today endorsed Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and candidate for the Ontario Liberal leadership.
“He is well educated, experienced: I was impressed with Michael’s accomplishments and his pleasant personality. He will make a good leader—and a great Premier. I’m delighted to endorse him," said Nixon, a former provincial treasurer and stalwart former Liberal MPP for Brant.
“I am incredibly honoured to have the support of our former leader. Mr Nixon is an icon in our party, a dedicated voice from southwestern Ontario and someone who contributed so greatly to our province. It was a pleasure to meet him this summer on his 91st birthday and to gain his invaluable advice and support,” said Coteau.
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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