Leading candidate meets with local Liberal associations
London - MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Michael Coteau visited St.
Thomas yesterday for a meet-and-greet and was in London this morning for a breakfast
meeting in advance of this weekend's Leadership Election Meetings.
"It's great to be back in the London area, and I really appreciated the great discussion
about the change we need in our party and the work we have to do to earn back the
trust of Ontario voters," said Coteau.
Coteau highlighted his plan for southwestern Ontario during the visit.
"As Liberal leader and Premier, I am committed to working with London, St. Thomas
and other southwestern Ontario communities to accelerate their growth, create new
jobs, fuel entrepreneurship, increase prosperity and share it with more working
people and their families," Coteau said.
Since launching his leadership campaign in London earlier this year, Coteau has
released an economic platform (https://www.anewfocuson.com/economy)
filled with initiatives that will build the local economy in London and strengthen
the regional economy of Southwestern Ontario. His plans include:
- A new partnership with business, labour and communities to bring home the investment,
growth, employment and benefits of migrating to the low-carbon economy through a
climate-action plan and greening our infrastructure;
- A new focus on strategic alliances with the tech and innovation sector – including
in London – to leverage its performance as Ontario's fastest-growing creator of
jobs and wealth;
- An integrated approach to economic development and complementary initiatives in
education, post-secondary education, skills development and training to equip young
people with the skills they need for future work; and
- A new focus on fairness and affordability to ensure prosperity is broadly shared,
with workers able to attain the basic bargain of reward for hard work.
"I am ready to work with London to take this city into the future," said Coteau.
"Whether it's fare-free transit to help more people participate in the economy,
revitalization of the auto sector to focus on electric-vehicle production, greening
public buildings, extending high-speed internet to surrounding rural communities,
or supporting the scale-up of local innovators to help them compete globally, I
am clear in my commitment that London has to be at the heart of a new economic strategy
for this province."
"The Ford government doesn't get it - they are refusing to keep their promises,
and they are preventing London from moving forward into the future and fulfilling
its potential," Coteau said. "I am running to change the Ontario Liberal Party and
to build a coalition of labour, business and community members ready to oppose Doug
Ford and offer a better path forward for Ontario—in London and 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.