MPP earns another major endorsement from former Liberal MPP
QUEEN’S PARK—Former Solicitor General and three-term MPP for Mississauga North Steven Offer today endorsed Michael Coteau for the Ontario Liberal leadership.
“Apart from his outstanding record of success and solid background, I have been very impressed with his commitment and vision in making this Province the very best it can be,” said Offer. “I have always believed that the strength of our Party is founded on a direction and approach that includes the totality of our population. Michael Coteau embraces this strength. It is for this fundamental reason that I am fully supportive of his candidacy. I believe we will be well served with Michael as our leader.
“I am very grateful to Steven for his advice and support. We are building a team of dedicated grassroots activists with over 600 volunteers spread out across the province,” said Coteau. “I am honoured by this growing support and focused on bringing much-needed change to our party and province.”
Steven Offer joins other prominent Liberals who have endorsed Michael Coteau, including former Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps, former Deputy Premier Robert Nixon, former Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell, re-elected Liberal MPs Adam Vaughan, Shaun Chen and Greg Fergus, and municipal politicians such as former Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni.
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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