Michael Coteau (born June 21, 1972) 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.
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 6, 2011
|Preceded by||David Caplan|
|Constituency||Don Valley East|
|Born||1972 (age 46–47)|
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||Carleton University|
|Occupation||Educator, Small Business Owner|
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, living in Flemingdon Park in North York. He graduated from Carleton University and taught English in South Korea.
Coteau was a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Trustee for Ward 17, winning elections in 2003, 2006, and 2010. As trustee, Coteau's 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 more affordable 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 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.
|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
|Ontario general election, 2018: 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|
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|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|
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|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|
- Benzie, Robert; Ferguson, Rob (November 21, 2011). "Rookie MPPs poised to take their seats as legislature opens". The Guelph Mercury. p. B7.
- Peat, Don (October 6, 2011). "Tories fail to break through in GTA". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "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 March 2, 2014.
- "General Election by District: Don Valley-East". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
- "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3.
- Benzie, Robert (February 11, 2013). "Wynne's Liberal cabinet to include 10 rookie ministers in sweeping shuffle". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- 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.
- "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Coteau.|