Ted McMeekin is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot for the Ontario Liberal Party.
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 a small bookstore for eight years.
Before entering provincial politics, McMeekin was the mayor of Flamborough, Ontario, a rural community which lies on the outskirts of the City of Hamilton. 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 (akin to the "mega-city" of Toronto). McMeekin was one of the most vocal opponents of this change, noting that it would result in a loss of autonomy for Flamborough.
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 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. Local opposition to amalgamation was generally cited as the reason for this shift.
In the general election of 2003, McMeekin defeated Tory candidate Mark Mullins by a somewhat reduced margin. He served as parlimentary 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 Ontario Minister of Consumer and Business Services.
McMeekin favours eliminating the mandatory retirement age in Ontario.
- Ted McMeekin official site (http://www.tedmcmeekin.com/)