NORTH YORK—At a packed rally with over 150 supporters in North York this evening, Majid Jowhari, the reelected Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, endorsed Michael Coteau for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership.
“Michael Coteau has never lost an election, he has a seat at Queen’s Park and he is working very hard to build a new, modern Ontario Liberal Party,” said Jowhari. “I am proud to throw my full support behind Michael Coteau. He will change our party and our province. We need a strong Liberal leader who has a seat at Queen’s Park opposing and working to replace Doug Ford, and Michael Coteau knows how to win with the right set of values. He will bring much-needed change to the provincial party and set us on the right path to victory in 2022.”
“I am honoured to receive Majid’s endorsement. In the federal election, I campaigned for well over half of our federal Liberal candidates, and I believe we need to modernize the Ontario Liberal Party and open up our party to new voices, which is what the federal party has worked to do over the past number of years,” said Coteau, a third-term MPP.
Michael Coteau’s leadership campaign has the most donors of any campaign, has raised the second most funds and he is earning major endorsements from a growing number of party members, including former Deputy Premier Robert Nixon, reelected MPs including Adam Vaughan, Greg Fergus and Shaun Chen, and former parliamentarians including Arthur Potts, the Hon. Sheila Copps, the Hon. Jerry Pickard, the Hon. David Collenette and former Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell. (For a full list of endorsements to date please visit.)
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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