Michael Coteau campaigns with Liberal candidate Dr Lesley Barron in Fergus

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

FERGUS—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, campaigned Friday with Dr Lesley Barron, federal Liberal candidate for Wellington--Halton Hills.
“This is a critical election here in Fergus 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 these communities on Parliament Hill.”
Dr Lesley Barron is a surgeon at the Georgetown Hospital. She was raised in Ancaster, studied medicine at Western University and practiced in London, UK and Australia, where she conducted research into breast cancer and transplant surgery. 
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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