What they’re saying…about Michael Coteau’s momentum in the Ontario Liberal leadership race

TORONTO—Here’s what commentators and observers are saying about MPP Michael Coteau’s growing momentum in the Ontario Liberal leadership race:

“A very impressive showing [on membership signup] by both Steven Del Duca and Michael Coteau, and in particular I think Michael exceeded expectations as clearly the second place, not by a little bit…the question on everyone’s mind is ‘can Steven win on the first ballot’ because if he can’t, the dynamics are many of the other camps will try to line up behind second place, so it certainly seems a doable path for [Coteau] to do so. So, if I was Michael’s camp, I’d be feeling pretty good…Steven Del Duca does not have more than half the memberships in the party…this campaign is just getting its air war started.”
-- Sam Andrey and Chris Martin, Ontario Loud podcast (https://ontarioloud.libsyn.com/timbits-versus-teachers-liberals-versus-liberals)

“It's highly unusual to get a former party leader to endorse any contestant for the position that leader once held…So if you can actually get a former party leader to go public and say ‘You're my candidate,’ that tends to capture the attention of the party faithful…It is not an exaggeration to say that [former Deputy Premier Bob] Nixon is a legend in Liberal circles…Nixon’s endorsement just might make some in rural Ontario give Coteau a look.”
-- Steve Paikin, TVO (https://www.tvo.org/article/the-big-endorsement-part-2-michael-coteau)

“The engaging family man pulled no punches in telling the crowd that the party has a lot of work to do, leading up to the next Ontario general election…Coteau thinks he’s the candidate to put things back together, with his campaign theme, Values. Driven.”
-- Todd Hambleton, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (https://www.standard-freeholder.com/news/local-news/ontario-liberal-party-leadership-candidate-michael-coteau-visits-cornwall)

“[Del Duca’s] closest rival MPP Michael Coteau…”
-- Colin De Mello, CTV (https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/anything-but-steven-campaign-slowly-building-in-liberal-party-leadership-candidate-says-1.4714415)

"[Del Duca’s] competition appears to be calling for a more complete overhaul of the party…Mr. Coteau, 47, served as minister of children and youth services under Ms. Wynne and as the minister responsible for the 2015 Pan American Games. His campaign highlights his roots as a black immigrant who grew up in one of Toronto’s poorest neighbourhoods, Flemingdon Park. He said his party ‘lost the trust of Ontarians’ after a series of scandals and appeared ‘arrogant and aloof.’ He has floated some headline-catching policy ideas, such as free public transit and lowering the voting age to 16. And he argues the party needs to focus on its own renewal and not just on the battle to come. ‘It’s all about reimagining what it means to be a Liberal today, and not necessarily about the fight with Doug Ford,’ said Mr. Coteau, who unlike Mr. Del Duca, won his Toronto seat despite the party’s 2018 bloodbath.”
-- Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-race-to-become-next-ontario-liberal-leader-kicks-into-high-gear/)

“[Del Duca’s] major rival, ex-minister Michael Coteau, has signed up 8,500 members.”
-- Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star (https://www.ourwindsor.ca/opinion-story/9769842-liberals-slow-motion-leadership-race-could-keep-the-party-in-exile/)

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