Michael Coteau

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Michael Coteau
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Ontario MPP
Assumed office
Preceded by David Caplan
Constituency Don Valley East
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Huddersfield, England
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Lori
Children 2
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater Carleton University
Occupation Teacher

Michael Coteau (born June 21, 1972) is a politician in Ontario, Canada of English origin. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who, since 2011, has represented the riding of Don Valley East in Toronto. He served in cabinet in the government of Kathleen Wynne from 2013 to 2018.


Coteau was born in Huddersfield, England. His father is from Grenada and his mother is British. He came to Canada with his parents in 1976. He graduated from Carleton University and taught English in South Korea.[1]


Coteau was a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustee for Ward 17, winning elections in 2003, 2006, and 2010. As trustee, Coteau first efforts were to advocate and establish black-focused schools in the public education system. This achievement at the TDSB was won against great protest and resistance from within the black community and community at large, but desired by some members of the community. He was successful in getting the schools open (Sway Magazine). He also worked for better student nutrition, increased digital technology in the classroom, and the community use of school space.

In addition to his work as a trustee, Coteau served as the executive director and chief executive officer of a national adult literacy firm, and worked as a community organizer in the Malvern area of Scarborough, Ontario.[2]

Provincial politics[edit]

In 2011 he ran provincial election in the riding of Don Valley East. He won the election beating PC candidate Michael Lende by 7,645 votes.[3] He was re-elected in 2014.[4]

The Liberals won a minority government and Coteau was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the minister of tourism and culture. In 2013, after Kathleen Wynne replaced Dalton McGuinty as premier, Coteau was named Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.[5] He was one of ten members of the Wynne's cabinet with no prior cabinet experience.[6] In June 2014, Coteau was made Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport by Premier Kathleen Wynne, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.[7] On February 16, 2016, it was announced that Coteau would add responsibility for anti-racism.[8] On June 13, 2016, he was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services.[9]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Helena Jaczek Minister of Community and Social Services
2018 (January-June)
Position abolished[a]
Tracy MacCharles Minister of Children and Youth Services
Also responsible for Anti-Racism issues
Position abolished[a]
Michael Chan Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Also responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games
Eleanor McMahon
Michael Chan Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Michael Chan

Electoral record[edit]

Coteau in 2014
Ontario general election, 2018: Don Valley East
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Coteau 13,012 35.93% -19.78
Progressive Conservative Denzil Minnan-Wong 11,984 33.09% +6.30
New Democratic Khalid Ahmed 9,937 27.44% +14.41
Green Mark Wong 917 2.53% -1.11
Libertarian Justin Robinson 236 0.65%
Freedom Wayne Simmons 131 0.36% -0.48
Total valid votes 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing -13.04
Source: Elections Ontario[10]
Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Coteau 19,253 55.77 +4.69
Progressive Conservative Angela Kennedy 9,227 26.73 -0.46
New Democratic Akil Sadikali 4,492 13.01 -5.59
Green Christopher McLeod 1,264 3.66 +1.47
Freedom Wayne Simmons 287 0.83 +0.48
Total valid votes 34,523 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +2.58
Source: Elections Ontario[4]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Coteau 16,342 51.08 -4.54
Progressive Conservative Michael Lende 8,604 26.89 +1.86
New Democratic Bob Hilliard 5,953 18.61 +7.95
Green Aren Bedrosyan 742 2.32 -2.72
Family Coalition Ryan Kidd 188 0.59 +0.03
Freedom Wayne Simmons 164 0.51 +0.23
Total valid votes 31,993 100.00




  1. ^ Benzie, Robert; Ferguson, Rob (November 21, 2011). "Rookie MPPs poised to take their seats as legislature opens". The Guelph Mercury. p. B7. 
  2. ^ Peat, Don (October 6, 2011). "Tories fail to break through in GTA". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ a b "General Election by District: Don Valley-East". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  6. ^ Benzie, Robert (February 11, 2013). "Wynne's Liberal cabinet to include 10 rookie ministers in sweeping shuffle". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ "Ontario Establishing an Anti-Racism Directorate". Government of Ontario. February 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kathleen Wynne's shuffled cabinet features 40% women". CBC News. June 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Don Valley East". Election Night Results. Elections Ontario. Retrieved July 16, 2018. 

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