The face of Hamilton, Dan McLean champions his voice for the community

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

If Dan McLean was the voice of the riding, he would have defended Canada’s health care system loud and clear against the furious criticisms made by a Waterdown woman in Washington recently at the behest of U. S. lobbyists.

“I would defend our heath care system,” said Mr. McLean. “I don’t know the whole story, and I know she had problems in Canada. But you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Shona Holmes received medical treatment in the U. S. and her estimated $100,000 medical expenses were rejected by the Canadian government. She has recently been granted a new hearing to hear her appeal for reimbursement. She was flown to Washington where she spoke to U. S. lawmakers about her experience with the Canadian health care system.

Mr. McLean, a Lynden resident, remains steadfast that Canadian politicians should have defended the country’s health care system in the face of American criticism of the country.

“Someone has to step up and speak out about our system,” he said.

It’s this example of a politician making some noise from the Hamilton area that Mr. McLean, who was nominated last week in Dundas to carry the banner of the Ancaster-Dundas- Flamborough-Westdale Liberal riding, has been lacking since incumbent Conservative MP David Sweet was first elected in 2006.

“You have not had a strong voice in Ottawa,” said Mr. McLean.

He defended Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for not rebutting criticisms about Canada’s health care system, arguing the leader must have been busy.

“I don’t know if he did say anything. But I would certainly stand up for our system.”

Mr. McLean, after he met with most of the 75 people who turned out for the early evening event, said Mr. Sweet has been far too quiet over the years in his representation of the riding.

“Have you heard of him doing anything?” asks Mr. McLean in an interview. “The reality is I don’t hear from him at all. And I haven’t seen him in the riding.”

Mr. Sweet couldn’t be reached for comment.

What Mr. McLean, 61, is promising residents is an active, engaging politician, fighting on behalf of homeowners against high taxes, protecting employees’ pensions and keeping Canadian jobs in Canada. For nearly 30 years he has been the voice of Hamilton. Now, he said, he wants to be the voice of local homeowners as an MP in Ottawa.

“Dan is the perfect fit for this community,” said Stan Keyes, a former Liberal MP for Hamilton West, and federal minister, who attended the event. “He is the trusted voice and face for this community for three decades.”

Former CH news anchor Connie Smith said her former broadcast partner will make an excellent politician.

“He knows this community, he has raised millions of dollars for charity, and he has good sense. I’m pretty sure he will win. I would bet on it.”

Dundas councillor Russ Powers, who defeated Mr. Sweet in 2004 to become the Liberal MP for the riding, only to be overcome by Mr. Sweet in the 2006 federal election, said Mr. McLean has a good chance to upend Mr. Sweet.

“He has a well-known name, he lives in the riding,” said Mr. Powers. “I’m very pleased with his candidacy.”

Other supporters who came out to the early evening event at St. Paul’s United Church to congratulate Mr. McLean, included former Hamilton Alderman Mary Kiss, former Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate Tyler Banham, former local riding president Peter Greenberg, former Liberal MPP Eric Cunningham, and provincial cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

Arlene MacFarlane-VanderBeek was away at the time of the event.

The federal Liberals are on a recent high as speculation grows about a possible federal election in the fall. Their polling numbers have them neck and neck with the Conservatives 32 per cent to 34 per cent, according to Strategic Counsel.

The face of Hamilton, Dan McLean champions his voice for the community

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

If Dan McLean was the voice of the riding, he would have defended Canada’s health care system loud and clear against the furious criticisms made by a Waterdown woman in Washington recently at the behest of U. S. lobbyists.

“I would defend our heath care system,” said Mr. McLean. “I don’t know the whole story, and I know she had problems in Canada. But you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Shona Holmes received medical treatment in the U. S. and her estimated $100,000 medical expenses were rejected by the Canadian government. She has recently been granted a new hearing to hear her appeal for reimbursement. She was flown to Washington where she spoke to U. S. lawmakers about her experience with the Canadian health care system.

Mr. McLean, a Lynden resident, remains steadfast that Canadian politicians should have defended the country’s health care system in the face of American criticism of the country.

“Someone has to step up and speak out about our system,” he said.

It’s this example of a politician making some noise from the Hamilton area that Mr. McLean, who was nominated last week in Dundas to carry the banner of the Ancaster-Dundas- Flamborough-Westdale Liberal riding, has been lacking since incumbent Conservative MP David Sweet was first elected in 2006.

“You have not had a strong voice in Ottawa,” said Mr. McLean.

He defended Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for not rebutting criticisms about Canada’s health care system, arguing the leader must have been busy.

“I don’t know if he did say anything. But I would certainly stand up for our system.”

Mr. McLean, after he met with most of the 75 people who turned out for the early evening event, said Mr. Sweet has been far too quiet over the years in his representation of the riding.

“Have you heard of him doing anything?” asks Mr. McLean in an interview. “The reality is I don’t hear from him at all. And I haven’t seen him in the riding.”

Mr. Sweet couldn’t be reached for comment.

What Mr. McLean, 61, is promising residents is an active, engaging politician, fighting on behalf of homeowners against high taxes, protecting employees’ pensions and keeping Canadian jobs in Canada. For nearly 30 years he has been the voice of Hamilton. Now, he said, he wants to be the voice of local homeowners as an MP in Ottawa.

“Dan is the perfect fit for this community,” said Stan Keyes, a former Liberal MP for Hamilton West, and federal minister, who attended the event. “He is the trusted voice and face for this community for three decades.”

Former CH news anchor Connie Smith said her former broadcast partner will make an excellent politician.

“He knows this community, he has raised millions of dollars for charity, and he has good sense. I’m pretty sure he will win. I would bet on it.”

Dundas councillor Russ Powers, who defeated Mr. Sweet in 2004 to become the Liberal MP for the riding, only to be overcome by Mr. Sweet in the 2006 federal election, said Mr. McLean has a good chance to upend Mr. Sweet.

“He has a well-known name, he lives in the riding,” said Mr. Powers. “I’m very pleased with his candidacy.”

Other supporters who came out to the early evening event at St. Paul’s United Church to congratulate Mr. McLean, included former Hamilton Alderman Mary Kiss, former Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate Tyler Banham, former local riding president Peter Greenberg, former Liberal MPP Eric Cunningham, and provincial cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

Arlene MacFarlane-VanderBeek was away at the time of the event.

The federal Liberals are on a recent high as speculation grows about a possible federal election in the fall. Their polling numbers have them neck and neck with the Conservatives 32 per cent to 34 per cent, according to Strategic Counsel.

The face of Hamilton, Dan McLean champions his voice for the community

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

If Dan McLean was the voice of the riding, he would have defended Canada’s health care system loud and clear against the furious criticisms made by a Waterdown woman in Washington recently at the behest of U. S. lobbyists.

“I would defend our heath care system,” said Mr. McLean. “I don’t know the whole story, and I know she had problems in Canada. But you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

Shona Holmes received medical treatment in the U. S. and her estimated $100,000 medical expenses were rejected by the Canadian government. She has recently been granted a new hearing to hear her appeal for reimbursement. She was flown to Washington where she spoke to U. S. lawmakers about her experience with the Canadian health care system.

Mr. McLean, a Lynden resident, remains steadfast that Canadian politicians should have defended the country’s health care system in the face of American criticism of the country.

“Someone has to step up and speak out about our system,” he said.

It’s this example of a politician making some noise from the Hamilton area that Mr. McLean, who was nominated last week in Dundas to carry the banner of the Ancaster-Dundas- Flamborough-Westdale Liberal riding, has been lacking since incumbent Conservative MP David Sweet was first elected in 2006.

“You have not had a strong voice in Ottawa,” said Mr. McLean.

He defended Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for not rebutting criticisms about Canada’s health care system, arguing the leader must have been busy.

“I don’t know if he did say anything. But I would certainly stand up for our system.”

Mr. McLean, after he met with most of the 75 people who turned out for the early evening event, said Mr. Sweet has been far too quiet over the years in his representation of the riding.

“Have you heard of him doing anything?” asks Mr. McLean in an interview. “The reality is I don’t hear from him at all. And I haven’t seen him in the riding.”

Mr. Sweet couldn’t be reached for comment.

What Mr. McLean, 61, is promising residents is an active, engaging politician, fighting on behalf of homeowners against high taxes, protecting employees’ pensions and keeping Canadian jobs in Canada. For nearly 30 years he has been the voice of Hamilton. Now, he said, he wants to be the voice of local homeowners as an MP in Ottawa.

“Dan is the perfect fit for this community,” said Stan Keyes, a former Liberal MP for Hamilton West, and federal minister, who attended the event. “He is the trusted voice and face for this community for three decades.”

Former CH news anchor Connie Smith said her former broadcast partner will make an excellent politician.

“He knows this community, he has raised millions of dollars for charity, and he has good sense. I’m pretty sure he will win. I would bet on it.”

Dundas councillor Russ Powers, who defeated Mr. Sweet in 2004 to become the Liberal MP for the riding, only to be overcome by Mr. Sweet in the 2006 federal election, said Mr. McLean has a good chance to upend Mr. Sweet.

“He has a well-known name, he lives in the riding,” said Mr. Powers. “I’m very pleased with his candidacy.”

Other supporters who came out to the early evening event at St. Paul’s United Church to congratulate Mr. McLean, included former Hamilton Alderman Mary Kiss, former Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate Tyler Banham, former local riding president Peter Greenberg, former Liberal MPP Eric Cunningham, and provincial cabinet minister Ted McMeekin.

Arlene MacFarlane-VanderBeek was away at the time of the event.

The federal Liberals are on a recent high as speculation grows about a possible federal election in the fall. Their polling numbers have them neck and neck with the Conservatives 32 per cent to 34 per cent, according to Strategic Counsel.