DUNDAS—Veteran MPP Ted McMeekin was nominated tonight as the Ontario Liberal candidate to run for reelection in the redistributed riding of Hamilton West—Ancaster Dundas, alongside Councillor Judi Partridge, who will run in the new riding of Flamborough—Glanbrook.
“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.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne attended and spoke at the joint nomination meeting, praising McMeekin as, “The conscience of our caucus, someone who speaks up and works diligently to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. Ted’s warmth, humour and leadership are so vital, and he is a huge asset to his hometown and to our province.”
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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