Ted McMeekin

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Ted McMeekin
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Ontario MPP
In office
2000–2018
Preceded byToni Skarica
Succeeded bySandy Shaw
ConstituencyAncaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot
(2000-2007)
Personal details
Born1948 (age 70–71)
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceWaterdown, Ontario
OccupationBusiness owner

Ted McMeekin (born c. 1948) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2000 to 2018 who represented the ridings of Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale and Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.

Background[edit]

McMeekin completed his bachelor's degree in social work at McMaster University and his 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.[1] 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,[citation needed] and it came as no surprise[according to whom?] 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 defeated 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.[2] Local opposition to amalgamation was generally cited as the reason for this shift.[citation needed]

In the provincial election of 2003, McMeekin defeated Tory candidate Mark Mullins by a somewhat reduced margin.[3] 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.[4] On October 30, 2007, McMeekin was named a cabinet minister, responsible for Government and Consumer Services.[5] He was re-elected in 2011[6] and appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.[7]

In 2013, McMeekin supported Kathleen Wynne in her bid to become Liberal leader.[8] After Wynne won, she named McMeekin to her first cabinet as Minister of Community and Social Services.[9]

McMeekin was re-elected in 2014.[10] Shortly after the election, Wynne appointed McMeekin as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.[11] He resigned from his post in June 2016 to help create gender parity in the cabinet.[12] McMeekin was defeated in the 2018 election, where he placed third.

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bill Mauro Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
2014–2016
Bill Mauro[a]
Chris Ballard[b]
John Milloy Minister of Community and Social Services
2013–2014
Helena Jaczek
Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Carol Mitchell Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
2011–2013
Jeff Leal
[c]
Kathleen Wynne[d]
Harinder Takhar Minister of Consumer Services
2007–2010
Sophia Aggelonitis

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Sandy Shaw 23,921 43.19 +18.33
Progressive Conservative Ben Levitt 17,189 31.03 +5.25
Liberal Ted McMeekin 10,960 19.79 -23.42
Green Peter Ormond 2,302 4.16 -0.77
None of the Above Stephanie Davies 399 0.72
Libertarian Nicholas Dushko 372 0.67
Independent Jim Enos 247 0.45
Total valid votes 55,390 99.10
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 505 0.90
Turnout 55,895
Eligible voters
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +16.33
Source: Elections Ontario[13]
Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ted McMeekin 24,042 44.56 +0.86
Progressive Conservative Donna Skelly 18,252 33.83 -0.75
New Democratic Alex Johnstone 8,415 15.60 -1.60
Green Raymond Dartsch 2,639 4.89 +1.91
Libertarian Glenn Langton 423 0.78 +0.26
Freedom Barry Spruce 188 0.35 +0.15
Total valid votes 53,959 100.0   +8.57
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 835 1.52
Turnout 54,794 59.02
Eligible voters 92,833
Liberal hold Swing +0.80
Source(s)
"Official return from the records – 003, Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2015.[permanent dead link]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ted McMeekin 21,648 43.70 +2.19
Progressive Conservative Donna Skelly 17,132 34.58 -0.25
New Democratic Trevor Westerhoff 8,521 17.20 +3.97
Green Erik Coverdale 1,477 2.98 -5.60
Family Coalition Robert Maton 321 0.65 -0.36
Libertarian Glenn Langton 258 0.52 +0.39
Freedom Peter Melanson 99 0.20
Communist Rick Gunderman Smith 87 0.18
Total valid votes 49,543 100.0   +0.20
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 180 0.36
Turnout 49,723 56.45
Eligible voters 88,080
Liberal hold Swing +1.22
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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Municipal Affairs
  2. ^ Housing
  3. ^ Minister of Agriculture and Food
  4. ^ Minister of Rural Affairs

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Richard (September 4, 2000). "Hostile voters target Tory in Hamilton by-election". The Toronto Star.
  2. ^ "Big budget didn't bring election win". The Hamilton Spectator. April 17, 2001.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 1 (x). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Toronto Star. October 21, 2011. p. A18.
  8. ^ "Ted McMeekin backs Wynne in Liberal bid". Hamilton Spectator. November 20, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3.
  10. ^ "General Election by District: Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.
  12. ^ Rob Ferguson (June 6, 2016). "Ontario minister Ted McMeekin resigning from cabinet to help achieve gender parity - Toronto Star". TheStar.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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