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Jonathan Scott
MPP Coteau visits St Thomas and London for Ontario Liberal leadership race

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.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 February 2020 12:00:32 PM EST

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