Ted McMeekin

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Ted McMeekin
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
Assumed office
September 7, 2000
Preceded by Toni Skarica
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Political party Liberal
Residence Waterdown, Ontario

Ted McMeekin (born c. 1948) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in a by-election in 2000. He represents the riding of Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of Dalton McGuinty and in the government of Kathleen Wynne.


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]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bill Mauro Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Bill Mauro
(Municipal Affairs)
Chris Ballard
John Milloy Minister of Community and Social Services
Helena Jaczek
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Carol Mitchell Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Jeff Leal
[note 1]
Kathleen Wynne
[note 2]
Harinder Takhar Minister of Consumer Services
Sophia Aggelonitis

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 % +/-
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 -



  1. ^ Minister of Agriculture and Food
  2. ^ Minister of Rural Affairs


  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. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 1 (x). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  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. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  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 November 20, 2012. 
  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. 
  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. 

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