Monday, September 24, 2007

Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin endorses Mixed Member Proportional

News Release/Communiqué

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 24, 2007

The number of Ontario Liberal candidates endorsing the Citizens' Assembly's recommendation for change continues to grow.

Ted McMeekin, Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament and candidate for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, says he's in favour of the Mixed Member Proportional option before voters on October 10th.

McMeekin was first elected as the Liberal member for the former riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot in a by-election in 2000.

Prior to his election to Queen's Park, McMeekin served as the mayor of Flamborough, Ontario. He was also for a number of years Flamborough's representative on the Hamilton-Wentworth regional council, which the former provincial government of Mike Harris eliminated in 2000 by amalgamating the city and outlying regions into a single political entity. McMeekin was one of the most vocal opponents of this change, noting that it would result in a loss of autonomy for Flamborough.

McMeekin was re-elected to Queen's Park in 2003 and is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education.

McMeekin is now the ninth Ontario Liberal candidate to publicly endorse the Citizens' Assembly's recommendation for change, joining incumbents Michael Bryant, John Gerretsen, George Smitherman, Tony Ruprecht, as well as candidates Kate Holloway, Steve Fishman, Selwyn Hicks and Ian Wilson.

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