NORTH YORK—In the latest of a series of high-profile endorsements, MP Yasmin Ratansi became the sixth member of the federal Liberal caucus to endorse Michael Coteau for Ontario Liberal Party leader.
“I know Michael Coteau firsthand. He works extremely hard and has a way of bringing people together to advance our shared Liberal values. He is a passionate, charismatic leader who I know is ready to take on Doug Ford,” said Ratansi. “He is the candidate I want to see on stage against Ford, explaining why Ontario needs to change. Michael has the drive and vision to lead our provincial party to victory. Even as the Ontario Liberal Party imploded in the last election, Michael won a decisive victory in our swing riding against a star Conservative candidate. He’s a winner, and we need that in our next provincial leader.”
“It is an honour to have Yasmin’s endorsement and advice in this race,” said Coteau. “Working together in Don Valley East, we have delivered for our community. I appreciate her kind words and support as we gain momentum in this race.”
In the leadership race, Coteau has the most donors and the second-most funds raised of any candidate, with more than three-quarters coming from donations of $100 or less. His campaign is gaining momentum with nearly 700 volunteers and a rising tide of high-profile endorsements from former MPPs, current MPs and municipal and community leaders all across the province.
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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