Ted McMeekin

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The Honourable
Ted McMeekin
MPP
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 24, 2014
Preceded by Bill Mauro
Minister of Community and Social Services
In office
February 11, 2013 – June 24, 2014
Preceded by John Milloy
Succeeded by Helena Jaczek
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
October 20, 2011 – February 11, 2013
Preceded by Carol Mitchell
Succeeded by Jeff Leal and Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Consumer Services
In office
June 24, 2009 – January 18, 2010
Preceded by Harinder Takhar
Succeeded by Sophia Aggelonitis
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot (2000–2007)
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 7, 2000
Preceded by Toni Skarica
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 65–66)
Political party Liberal
Residence Waterdown, Ontario

Ted McMeekin (born c. 1948)[1] is a politician residing in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale for the Ontario Liberal Party. In February 2013, he was appointed Minister of Community and Social Services. McMeekin previously served as the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of Consumer Services, and Minister of Government Services in the Liberal government of Premier Dalton McGuinty.[2]

Background[edit]

McMeekin holds a Master's Degree in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has served as executive director of the Burlington Social Planning Council, and was for a time the chair of part-time studies at Mohawk College (where he also taught courses). He has also worked on social justice issues for the United Church of Canada, and was the owner and operator of a small bookstore for eight years.

Municipal politics[edit]

Before entering provincial politics, McMeekin was a member of the Hamilton, Ontario City Council representing Ward 7 (Hamilton Mountain). After retiring from Council, he moved to Flamborough, Ontario, a rural community which lies on the outskirts of Hamilton, and later served a term of six years as mayor.[3] McMeekin was also for a number of years Flamborough's representative on the Hamilton-Wentworth regional council, which the provincial government of Mike Harris eliminated in 2000 by amalgamating the city and outlying regions into a single political entity. McMeekin was one of the most vocal opponents of this change, noting that it would result in a loss of autonomy for Flamborough.

Provincial politics[edit]

McMeekin's plans to jump from municipal to provincial politics had been rumoured for years, and it came as no surprise when he won the Liberal nomination for a by-election to be held in ADFA on September 7, 2000 (called following the resignation of Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Toni Skarica, another vocal opponent of the amalgamation scheme). Although the seat had gone overwhelmingly for the Progressive Conservatives the previous year, McMeekin managed to defeat PC candidate Priscilla de Villiers by over 9,000 votes. The Conservatives had spent $211,989 on his competitor, nearly $80,000 in excess of McMeekin's $132,143.[4] Local opposition to amalgamation was generally cited as the reason for this shift.

In the provincial election of 2003, McMeekin defeated Tory candidate Mark Mullins by a somewhat reduced margin. He served as parliamentary assistant to John Gerretsen in his capacity as the Minister responsible for Seniors from October 23, 2003 to September 27, 2004. On September 27, 2004, he was appointed assistant to Jim Watson, the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services.

In the provincial election of 2007, McMeekin defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Chris Corrigan. On October 30, 2007, McMeekin was named a cabinet minister, responsible for Government and Consumer Services.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ted McMeekin 20,525 41.5
Progressive Conservative Chris Corrigan 17,219 34.8
New Democratic Juanita Maldonado 6,542 13.2
Green David Januczkowski 4,243 8.6
Family Coalition Jim Enos 501 1.0
Independent Martin Zaliniak 219 0.4
Confederation of Regions Eileen Butson 129 0.3
Libertarian Sam Zaslavsky 65 0.1
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
(1999)
+/-
(2000)
Liberal Ted McMeekin 23,045 47.5 +14.0 -12.1
Progressive Conservative Mark Mullins 18,141 37.4 -20.7 +6.9
New Democratic Kelly Hayes 5,666 11.7 +2.3 +4.8
Green Brian Elder Sullivan 903 1.9 - -0.8
Family Coalition Michael Trolly 434 0.9
Confederation of Regions Richard Butson 293 0.6
By-election: February 7, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
Liberal Ted McMeekin 19,916 59.6 +26.1
Progressive Conservative Priscilla De Villiers 10,201 30.5 -27.6
New Democratic Jessica Brennan 2,297 6.7 -1.5
Green Mark Coakley 1,405 4.14 -
Independent John Turmel 80 0.2 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ News, A personal look at the candidates, (Hamilton: The Hamilton Spectator), August 5, 2000, sec A.03.
  2. ^ http://thespec.com/article/588423
  3. ^ Richard Brennan, Hostile voters target Tory in Hamilton by-election, (Toronto: The Toronto Star), September 4, 2000
  4. ^ News, Big budget didn't bring election win, (Hamilton: The Hamilton Spectator), April 17, 2001

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