Mayor Fred Eisenberger passes up Minister McMeekin’s Queen’s Park event

News Mar 22, 2015 Stoney Creek News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin is hosting a gathering of Greater Toronto and Hamilton area mayors March 24, but his local mayor will be absent from the event.

McMeekin, the province’s minister of municipal affairs and housing, says the day-long get together at Queen’s Park is focused on determining what the priorities and issues are for these communities?

“The GTHA as a region has a critical role to play in employment,” said McMeekin. “Most of our citizens live in that area. We want to provide an opportunity to further identify what the priorities are.”

McMeekin says is transit essential to the GTHA? Or is it transportation and the constant gridlock within it? Or is it economic development?

“Hopefully, they will say housing,” said McMeekin, a passionate supporter of  more affordable housing.

McMeekin said Premier Kathleen Wynne will also be in attendance providing “some thoughts.” Also involved in the event will be former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and Anne Golden, past president and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said McMeekin. “I’m hoping our mayor comes.”

But Mayor Fred Eisenberger will instead be attending a city budget meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. In his place will be deputy mayor and Ward 2 councillor Jason Farr, and Eisenberger’s chief of staff Drina Omazic.

When McMeekin was told about Eisenberger’s absence, he remained hopeful he would change his mind.

“We all have busy schedules,” said McMeekin. “We need to make choices obviously. The budget is a critical issue for the mayor at this time. I’m assuming if he is not there he will be sending some one else.”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger passes up Minister McMeekin’s Queen’s Park event

News Mar 22, 2015 Stoney Creek News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin is hosting a gathering of Greater Toronto and Hamilton area mayors March 24, but his local mayor will be absent from the event.

McMeekin, the province’s minister of municipal affairs and housing, says the day-long get together at Queen’s Park is focused on determining what the priorities and issues are for these communities?

“The GTHA as a region has a critical role to play in employment,” said McMeekin. “Most of our citizens live in that area. We want to provide an opportunity to further identify what the priorities are.”

McMeekin says is transit essential to the GTHA? Or is it transportation and the constant gridlock within it? Or is it economic development?

“Hopefully, they will say housing,” said McMeekin, a passionate supporter of  more affordable housing.

McMeekin said Premier Kathleen Wynne will also be in attendance providing “some thoughts.” Also involved in the event will be former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and Anne Golden, past president and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said McMeekin. “I’m hoping our mayor comes.”

But Mayor Fred Eisenberger will instead be attending a city budget meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. In his place will be deputy mayor and Ward 2 councillor Jason Farr, and Eisenberger’s chief of staff Drina Omazic.

When McMeekin was told about Eisenberger’s absence, he remained hopeful he would change his mind.

“We all have busy schedules,” said McMeekin. “We need to make choices obviously. The budget is a critical issue for the mayor at this time. I’m assuming if he is not there he will be sending some one else.”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger passes up Minister McMeekin’s Queen’s Park event

News Mar 22, 2015 Stoney Creek News

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin is hosting a gathering of Greater Toronto and Hamilton area mayors March 24, but his local mayor will be absent from the event.

McMeekin, the province’s minister of municipal affairs and housing, says the day-long get together at Queen’s Park is focused on determining what the priorities and issues are for these communities?

“The GTHA as a region has a critical role to play in employment,” said McMeekin. “Most of our citizens live in that area. We want to provide an opportunity to further identify what the priorities are.”

McMeekin says is transit essential to the GTHA? Or is it transportation and the constant gridlock within it? Or is it economic development?

“Hopefully, they will say housing,” said McMeekin, a passionate supporter of  more affordable housing.

McMeekin said Premier Kathleen Wynne will also be in attendance providing “some thoughts.” Also involved in the event will be former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and Anne Golden, past president and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said McMeekin. “I’m hoping our mayor comes.”

But Mayor Fred Eisenberger will instead be attending a city budget meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. In his place will be deputy mayor and Ward 2 councillor Jason Farr, and Eisenberger’s chief of staff Drina Omazic.

When McMeekin was told about Eisenberger’s absence, he remained hopeful he would change his mind.

“We all have busy schedules,” said McMeekin. “We need to make choices obviously. The budget is a critical issue for the mayor at this time. I’m assuming if he is not there he will be sending some one else.”