Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Hopeful Visits Niagara for ‘Neighbourhood Meeting’

Third-term MPP Michael Coteau takes questions about building a better Province of Ontario

Ontario Liberal Party MPP and leadership hopeful Michael Coteau

“The biggest waste we face in Ontario is the waste of human potential. Doug Ford is in it for tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations—and cuts for everyone else. I’m in it for children and families, our future.”                                                                           – Ontario Liberal MPP Michael Coteau

News from Ontario Liberal MPP Michael Coteau’s Leadership Campaign

Posted July 17th, 2019

St. Catharines, Ontario – Michael Coteau, a third-term Liberal MPP and former cabinet minister, visited St. Catharines (this July 16th) for a full-house neighbourhood meeting with local residents

“Doug Ford says kids today aren’t worth the cost. That’s his message—Ontario doesn’t value you. I was that kid who was told someone like you doesn’t matter,” said Coteau. “And now, someone like me is taking a stand.

“The biggest waste we face in Ontario is the waste of human potential. Doug Ford is in it for tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations—and cuts for everyone else. I’m in it for children and families, our future,” Coteau declared.

“I learnt my values because of how I grew up: as a working-class, immigrant kid. And because of where: in an Ontario that gave me a chance to make it. I’m driven to fight for those values by replacing Doug Ford, and restoring decency to our politics,” Coteau concluded.

Michael Coteau, on the right and at the back in this photo, meeting with groups of St. Catharines/Niagara residents this July 16th

Coteau will continue his tour with an afternoon meeting of Hamilton business leaders and a dinner with Brantford supporters tomorrow.

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.

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large – In the June 2018 Ontario election, the province’s Liberal Party went from the governing party with a majority of seats in the Ontario legislature to a party with only seven seats left – not even enough to qualify for official party status.

Michael Couteau was one of the few survivors and is now running for the Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership along with former transportation minister Steven Del Duca and former Liberal candidate Alvin Tedjo.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. a leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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