By Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale
Our premier, Kathleen Wynne, came out to do the 5K — in a very respectable 27 minutes — and would gladly have gone on to do the whole race, but she was due at another event — my nomination meeting.
Wynne spoke about the community spirit we have here in Hamilton and about seeing that reflected in the people who were out running with her. Thanks to each of you running or volunteering at the event for another successful run and for doing Hamilton proud in front of our premier and the many others who travel from afar for this annual celebration.
I do my running on a different course. As that nomination meeting confirmed, I will run again as the Ontario Liberal candidate in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale in the next election, whenever it should come.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent the constituents of ADFW at Queen’s Park and grateful to the premier and so many others who came out to express support.
I can’t share with you here all I said at that meeting about my vision for the Hamilton my grandchildren will see. But it’s a continuation of the great foundation we’ve been building over the past 10 years, in education, health sciences, agri-food, business and commercial infrastructure, environmental protection and so much more.
Kathleen mentioned in her remarks that Hamilton is on a roll and I certainly agree!
For example, I talked about the importance of investing in the potential of our young people today to support their accomplishments for tomorrow. Kathleen echoed and expanded on that by saying that our vision right across the province calls us to “invest in our universities, our colleges, our skilled trades and our elementary and secondary schools.”
I believe this is the kind of support that a vision needs. Having a vision is only half of creating a future that will deliver for people. Making the investments to get there is the other half.
Another example is found in the infrastructure investments our government is committed to making, in roads and bridges, water systems and transit, which will provide both immediate and long-term benefit.
It’s not just short-term jobs, as the premier pointed out. Investments in infrastructure allow businesses to thrive to bring more business to the region over the long term. This is an important part of my vision for the region.
As an aside, in her speech, Kathleen gave me credit for saving horse racing in this province, graciously downplaying her own important role. I do believe that, together, we’ve moved to a solid footing for a sustainable industry. Each of us has a vision for the future. Together, we turn those visions into reality.