Michael Coteau campaigns with Liberal candidate Chris Rodgers in battleground riding of Carleton

MPP joined local Liberal candidate to speak to voters about Liberals’ positive plan 

OTTAWA—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, campaigned Saturday with Chris Rodgers, federal Liberal candidate for Carleton, here in the Gloucester area of Ottawa.

“This is a critical election here in Ottawa and across Ontario,” said Coteau. “We know that Conservatives may claim to be ‘for the people’ but their cuts hurt children and families. We need to elect strong, local Liberal candidates to ensure we choose forward in this campaign. I’m so pleased to join such a strong, local, experienced candidate who I know will do a fantastic job representing this community on Parliament Hill.”  

“I speak a lot about the need to restore decency in politics,” Coteau added. “This riding knows all too well of the need for effective local representation that is focused on working collaboratively to get things done, not political games.”

"I've been allover this riding in the past five years, and one of the things I hear most often is that people want a local champion. We've built an amazing movement here in our riding, from one corner to the other, filled with people looking for honest leadership on the issues that matter at home. I'm ready to be that leader for everyone in Carleton,” said Rodgers.

Chris Rodgers is a devoted community leader with a proven record of community involvement, and the Team Trudeau 2019 candidate for Carleton. Born and raised in rural Ontario, Chris has established deep roots in the community, living in Metcalfe with his wife Jenny and their son Cameron. Chris has a unique understanding of Carleton's vibrant and diverse character, and will work hard as a Member of Parliament to create good, well-paying jobs and offer real help for families in our community. As an elder at St. Andrew's Church in Kars and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Manotick, Chris is an active volunteer who has given countless hours to a variety of organizations and causes including the Salvation Army, Community Living and various community sports teams. Chris is deeply committed and determined to make a real difference for the families and residents of Carleton, and will work closely with Justin Trudeau to strengthen our middle class.

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.

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