Ted McMeekin remains good-humoured in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas defeat

News Jun 07, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Despite the result, Ted McMeekin remained the same good-humoured guy he was as local Liberal MPP for the past 18 years, cracking one-liners as he thanked supporters Thursday night.

Shortly after Sandy Shaw of the NDP was crowned the winner of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, with Progressive Conservative Ben Levitt finishing second and incumbent McMeekin finishing third, he gathered with friends, family, staff and volunteers at Betula Restaurant in Dundas. McMeekin said he had already congratulated Shaw for a good campaign.

"It's been a privilege and an honour for us to serve, and it's my hope she can do that too," McMeekin said, adding he offered her his help.

"That's the classy guy you are," someone yelled.

For her part Shaw had nothing but good things to say about McMeekin's past efforts on behalf of area voters.

"The legacy of what he served in this community won't be forgotten, and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure that I look after the interests of the people of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas," she said in a phone interview from her campaign office in downtown Dundas. "I'm incredibly humbled and honoured to represent this community."

McMeekin said he had a great run over the past 18 years. He became MPP by winning a 2000 byelection. Three years later, his Liberal party formed a government under Dalton McGuinty — and remained in power until this week.

He served as minister of consumer affairs, minister of agriculture, ministry of consumer and social services and minister of municipal affairs and housing, before stepping aside two years ago so more women could be added to cabinet.

"Sometimes you have to deal with the cards you have, not the cards you want," he said, Thursday night.

"We stand on the brink of the unknown. The lord made the world round so none of us can see too far down the road."

McMeekin, who recently moved to Dundas with his wife Barb, said he'll get away for a few days. He said there's some work to do on the house. He'll also look for ways to continue making a difference in his community.

"I think we lost for health reasons. People were sick and tired of our party. I'm not going to take it personally," McMeekin said.

— With files from the Hamilton Spectator

Ted McMeekin remains good-humoured in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas defeat

McMeekin good-humoured in defeat

News Jun 07, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Despite the result, Ted McMeekin remained the same good-humoured guy he was as local Liberal MPP for the past 18 years, cracking one-liners as he thanked supporters Thursday night.

Shortly after Sandy Shaw of the NDP was crowned the winner of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, with Progressive Conservative Ben Levitt finishing second and incumbent McMeekin finishing third, he gathered with friends, family, staff and volunteers at Betula Restaurant in Dundas. McMeekin said he had already congratulated Shaw for a good campaign.

"It's been a privilege and an honour for us to serve, and it's my hope she can do that too," McMeekin said, adding he offered her his help.

"That's the classy guy you are," someone yelled.

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For her part Shaw had nothing but good things to say about McMeekin's past efforts on behalf of area voters.

"The legacy of what he served in this community won't be forgotten, and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure that I look after the interests of the people of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas," she said in a phone interview from her campaign office in downtown Dundas. "I'm incredibly humbled and honoured to represent this community."

McMeekin said he had a great run over the past 18 years. He became MPP by winning a 2000 byelection. Three years later, his Liberal party formed a government under Dalton McGuinty — and remained in power until this week.

He served as minister of consumer affairs, minister of agriculture, ministry of consumer and social services and minister of municipal affairs and housing, before stepping aside two years ago so more women could be added to cabinet.

"Sometimes you have to deal with the cards you have, not the cards you want," he said, Thursday night.

"We stand on the brink of the unknown. The lord made the world round so none of us can see too far down the road."

McMeekin, who recently moved to Dundas with his wife Barb, said he'll get away for a few days. He said there's some work to do on the house. He'll also look for ways to continue making a difference in his community.

"I think we lost for health reasons. People were sick and tired of our party. I'm not going to take it personally," McMeekin said.

— With files from the Hamilton Spectator

Ted McMeekin remains good-humoured in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas defeat

McMeekin good-humoured in defeat

News Jun 07, 2018 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Despite the result, Ted McMeekin remained the same good-humoured guy he was as local Liberal MPP for the past 18 years, cracking one-liners as he thanked supporters Thursday night.

Shortly after Sandy Shaw of the NDP was crowned the winner of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, with Progressive Conservative Ben Levitt finishing second and incumbent McMeekin finishing third, he gathered with friends, family, staff and volunteers at Betula Restaurant in Dundas. McMeekin said he had already congratulated Shaw for a good campaign.

"It's been a privilege and an honour for us to serve, and it's my hope she can do that too," McMeekin said, adding he offered her his help.

"That's the classy guy you are," someone yelled.

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For her part Shaw had nothing but good things to say about McMeekin's past efforts on behalf of area voters.

"The legacy of what he served in this community won't be forgotten, and I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure that I look after the interests of the people of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas," she said in a phone interview from her campaign office in downtown Dundas. "I'm incredibly humbled and honoured to represent this community."

McMeekin said he had a great run over the past 18 years. He became MPP by winning a 2000 byelection. Three years later, his Liberal party formed a government under Dalton McGuinty — and remained in power until this week.

He served as minister of consumer affairs, minister of agriculture, ministry of consumer and social services and minister of municipal affairs and housing, before stepping aside two years ago so more women could be added to cabinet.

"Sometimes you have to deal with the cards you have, not the cards you want," he said, Thursday night.

"We stand on the brink of the unknown. The lord made the world round so none of us can see too far down the road."

McMeekin, who recently moved to Dundas with his wife Barb, said he'll get away for a few days. He said there's some work to do on the house. He'll also look for ways to continue making a difference in his community.

"I think we lost for health reasons. People were sick and tired of our party. I'm not going to take it personally," McMeekin said.

— With files from the Hamilton Spectator