Michael Coteau campaigns with Liberal candidate Heather Wilson in Espanola

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

ESPANOLA—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, campaigned Tuesday with Heather Wilson, federal Liberal candidate for Algoma—Manitoulin— Kapuskasing, in Espanola.

“This is a critical election here in Espanola 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.”

"It was such a pleasure to welcome Michael to Espanola today and to have the opportunity to knock on doors and hear the concerns of people in the region," said Wilson.

Coteau and Wilson canvassed door-to-door and hosted a town hall meeting to hear from local residents and to take questions.

Heather Wilson is a devoted community leader with a proven record of community service. As a leader in business and an advocate for gender equality and social justice, she believes Northern Ontario can be a game changer in the evolving global economy. Heather has shown her deep passion and determination to make a real difference for families in the community. With deep roots in rural Ontario, Heather and her husband have lived in Northern Ontario for twenty-four years where they have raised three sons. She is known for her passion and dedication and she is actively involved in many charitable organizations in her community. Heather is committed to improving the lives of First Nations in her riding and the rest of Canada. Heather has first-hand experience with the challenges middle-class families face every day, and she understands the priorities and issues of Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing. Heather is an experienced businesswoman and in addition to working with both public and private organizations for the last 30 years, she and her husband owned a successful tourist resort in Northern Ontario.

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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