SCARBOROUGH—In the latest of a series of high-profile endorsements, Salma Zahid, the reelected Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, today endorsed Michael Coteau for the Ontario Liberal leadership.
“Michael Coteau is the right choice to be the next leader of the Ontario Liberals He works extremely hard and he has a clear vision to modernize the provincial party, bringing the real change the party needs in order to defeat Doug Ford in 2022. I know Michael Coteau’s values-driven approach is the right contrast to this failed Premier, and he is the best candidate to go head-to-head against Ford in a general election,” said Zahid. “We need a leader ready to hit the ground running with a seat at Queen’s Park to build a new party and to defeat Doug Ford.”
“It’s an honour to be endorsed by Salma Zahid, one of the hardest-working local MPs. As the leadership race heats up, I am grateful for the growing number of supporters joining our team to change our party and province,” said Coteau, a third-term MPP.
Michael Coteau’s leadership campaign has the most donors of any campaign, has raised the second most funds and he is earning major endorsements from a growing number of party members, including former Deputy Premier Robert Nixon, reelected MPs including Adam Vaughan, Majid Jowhari, Greg Fergus and Shaun Chen, and former parliamentarians including Arthur Potts, the Hon. Sheila Copps, the Hon. Jerry Pickard, the Hon. David Collenette and former Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell. (For a full list of endorsements to date, please visit: www.michaelcoteau.com/endorsements.)
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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