[HAMILTON] – Today, Ted McMeekin announced he will be running as the Ontario Liberal candidate for the new riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas in the 42nd Ontario general election.
"I want to thank the good people of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale for their encouragement, friendship and support through the last 17 years,” said McMeekin. “Serving as MPP for this area has been one of the single greatest privileges of my life. If re-elected I will continue to serve my constituents with sensitivity and integrity.”
Born and raised on Hamilton’s west mountain, McMeekin served the area as a municipal councillor from 1977 to 1981. After moving to Flamborough, McMeekin went on to serve as mayor of that former municipality from 1994 to 2000.
He was elected as MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot in a byelection in 2000. He was re-elected in 2003. McMeekin was then elected as the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
“With the riding being redistributed, I’m extremely excited about the prospect to serve constituents on the west mountain, as well as continuing to represent the good folks in Ancaster, Dundas and Westdale,” said McMeekin. “My record speaks for itself – I have a proven track record of delivering results for our community and I look forward to continuing to help our city grow and prosper.”
McMeekin pointed to investments such as a $1 billion commitment to LRT, new infrastructure at McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University, as well as billions invested in area hospitals like the new St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Campus, as examples of the government’s commitment to Hamilton.
“Our city has become one of the great success stories in Ontario, with low unemployment, strong economic growth and modern infrastructure,” said McMeekin. “I want to see that continue, and with the support of our Premier Kathleen Wynne, the potential for our city is unlimited.”
McMeekin served in multiple cabinet portfolios during his time as MPP, including Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Prior to entering provincial politics, McMeekin worked as Executive Director of the Burlington Social Planning Council and Chairman of Part-Time Studies at Mohawk College.
He has also worked to make a difference with many local organizations, including the Hamilton Mental Health Association, Wesley Urban Ministries, Five Oaks Christian Workers Centre, Circle of Friends and Operation Lifeline. McMeekin served as President of both the Hamilton and Burlington YMCA and the Hamilton-Wentworth Lung Association. He has acted as an overseas volunteer, a church youth group leader, and a baseball and soccer coach.
McMeekin and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters.
The Hamilton West—Ancaster--Dundas Provincial Liberal Association will acclaim Ted McMeekin at a nomination meeting on August 14.