|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 6, 2011
|Preceded by||David Caplan|
|Constituency||Don Valley East|
|Born||1972 (age 47–48)|
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||Carleton University|
|Occupation||Educator, Small Business Owner|
Michael Coteau is a politician in Ontario, Canada. 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. The Liberal party was defeated in the 2018 Ontario general election, and Coteau was one of seven Liberals re-elected. He serves as the MPP for the riding of Don Valley East and is the Ontario Liberal Party Critic for Infrastructure, Energy, Labour, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. He placed second in the 2020 Ontario Liberal Party leadership election with 16.9% of the vote.
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 and grew up in social housing in Flemingdon Park in North York. Coteau's family was low- income and he had to borrow the money needed to cover his university application fee from a friend's father. He applied to Carleton University and graduated with a degree in history and political science.
Coteau was a Toronto District School Board Trustee for Ward 17, winning elections in 2003, 2006, and 2010. As a trustee, he advocated for student nutrition, community use of space and the use of educational technology. He initiated the 'Community Use of Schools' motion that cut user fees and made schools more accessible to groups that offer programs for children. He helped introduce nutritional changes in schools that supported healthy food programs and increased awareness of student hunger. 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 with the United Way. He also owned and operated his own small business.
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. He was one of ten members of the Wynne's cabinet with no prior cabinet experience. 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. He made headlines advocating for children to be able to play street hockey. On February 16, 2016, it was announced that Coteau would add responsibility for anti-racism, responsible for establishing various anti-racism programs. On June 13, 2016, he was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services, and in particular worked collaboratively with parents to deliver a reformed Ontario Autism Program. He also was subsequently appointed Minister of Community and Social Services, holding down three separate portfolios for the government.
In 2018, Coteau defeated Conservative candidate Denzil Minnan Wong, Toronto's deputy mayor, to win his third election in the North Toronto constituency. He is one of the seven Liberal MPPs in the Legislature.
In June 2019, Coteau entered the race for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party. Coteau said he had "a different vision" and would "restore decency to our politics". At the leadership convention on March 7, 2020, he received 16.9% of the vote, finishing second behind the winner, Steven Del Duca.
|Ontario provincial government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet posts (4)|
|Helena Jaczek||Minister of Community and Social Services
|Tracy MacCharles||Minister of Children and Youth Services
Also responsible for Anti-Racism issues
|Michael Chan||Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Also responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games
|Michael Chan||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
|2018 Ontario general election: Don Valley East|
|Progressive Conservative||Denzil Minnan-Wong||11,984||33.09%||+6.30|
|New Democratic||Khalid Ahmed||9,937||27.44%||+14.41|
|Total valid votes||100.0|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2014 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Angela Kennedy||9,227||26.73||-0.46|
|New Democratic||Akil Sadikali||4,492||13.01||-5.59|
|Total valid votes||34,523||100.0|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2011 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael Lende||8,604||26.89||+1.86|
|New Democratic||Bob Hilliard||5,953||18.61||+7.95|
|Family Coalition||Ryan Kidd||188||0.59||+0.03|
|Total valid votes||31,993||100.00|
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- Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.
- "Ontario Establishing an Anti-Racism Directorate". Government of Ontario. February 16, 2016.
- "Kathleen Wynne's shuffled cabinet features 40% women". CBC News. June 13, 2016.
- Gibson, Victoria (March 7, 2020). "Steven Del Duca named Ontario Liberal leader in first-ballot victory". iPolitics. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
- "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
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