WINDSOR — Michael Coteau, the third-term Liberal MPP, kicked off his campaign for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party to replace Doug Ford as Premier of Ontario in Windsor yesterday—and earned endorsements from prominent community leaders, including:
- Hon. Jerry Pickard, former MP for Chatham-Kent—Essex
- Pat Papadeas, lawyer, professor and co-host of Rose City Politics
- Linda McCurdy, lawyer and Windsor Sports Hall of Famer
- Keith Pickard, business leader
“I said yesterday that Windsor can be a tough crowd: you have to make your case and put in the hard work to earn trust, and so I’m truly honoured to earn this support from local leaders,” said Coteau. “I’ve been to Windsor five times since the election in 2018, and I’ll keep coming back to build that trust, to fight for children and families and restore decency to our political discourse.”
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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