Michael Coteau campaigns with Liberal candidate Trisha Cowie in Bracebridge

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

BRACEBRIDGE—Michael Coteau, the third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, campaigned Monday with Trisha Cowie, federal Liberal candidate for Parry Sound—Muskoka, here in Bracebridge.

“This is a critical election here in Muskoka 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.”

“I am pleased to welcome Michael to Bracebridge and have him join me at the doors to hear from residents about their priorities for the upcoming election. We have made strong progress over the past four years, and must choose to move forward with continued growth and prosperity for Parry Sound—Muskoka," said Cowie.

Coteau and Cowie went campaigning door-to-door before meeting with supporters over coffee in Bracebridge.

Trisha is a devoted community leader, volunteer, and mother with a proven commitment to making life better for families here in Parry Sound—Muskoka. Trisha comes from a large family of eight and was fortunate enough to spend her childhood living and exploring different parts of Canada. Trisha lives in Port Carling with her eleven-year-old son, Ronan. She also owns and operates her own law firm, Cowie Law, in Bala. Trisha practices in real estate, family and criminal law. She proudly provides pro bono legal services to veterans, and to victims of domestic violence. Trisha is a member of Hiawatha First Nation and has dedicated her education and much of her career to advocating for Indigenous people and organizations. She is a dedicated community leader and contributes her time to help build an inclusive and vibrant community; she has joined countless community organizations for causes she holds near and dear to her heart, including fundraising for the Manna Food Bank and the Port Carling Curling Club, volunteering and donating to groups such as the Muskoka Lakes Soccer Club, YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many more.

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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