Michael Coteau campaigns for Ian Bingham in West Lincoln

Third-term MPP stumps for “fantastic candidate” in advance of federal election

WEST LINCOLN — Michael Coteau, the third-term Liberal MPP, visited West Lincoln to campaign for federal Liberal candidate for Niagara West, Ian Bingham Saturday. “

I’m thrilled to be here to support such a fantastic candidate,” said Michael Coteau. “Ian’s exemplary service as a naval officer and his work as a lawyer make him exactly the kind of candidate we need as a federal MP in Ottawa.”

For his part, Bingham added, “I’m hard at work speaking to our local residents in advance of October’s election about the need for dedicated, local leadership that will work hard to support middle-class families, and it was great to be joined by Michael Coteau to help spread that message about positive politics in West Lincoln today.

Coteau added: “We know how important this federal election will be because of what we see now at Queen’s Park. Doug Ford says kids today aren’t worth the cost. That’s his message—Ontario doesn’t value you. Well, I was that kid who was told someone like you doesn’t matter. And now, someone like me is taking a stand.  

“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.

Following the breakfast meeting and canvassing in West Lincoln, Michael Coteau toured a local apple orchard and then joined supporters in Welland for a meet-and-greet event, where he was endorsed by Councillor Adam Moote. 

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 organiser 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.

Ian Bingham is a Grimbsy resident and local lawyer. He served for ten years as a naval officer with two tours of duty, and is currently fighting for social justice as a bilingual defence lawyer. Bingham was awarded the Special Service Medal for the success of a counterterrorism mission he served on in the Middle East. He is passionate about protecting the most vulnerable seniors and addressing mental health in youth, protecting the environment and ensuring Niagara Region has strong economic development and heritage protection.