Mary Eleanor McMahon takes on the mantle Ted McMeekin left - she nows has to grow into the biggest job she has ever had - she has shown how to face challenges in the past.

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

June 14th, 2016


He mentored her, he tutored her and he perhaps even scolded her from time to time.

She basically harassed him in 2014 when she wanted provincial money for the flood victims in Burlington

And so it came to pass – that he took that long walk into the dark night and she stood up and accepted the appointment to the Premiers Executive Council and is now a member of Cabinet. Two years ago she was an advocate for better bicycle safety.

Politics is a blood sport – it is not for the faint of heart.

It was one of those thinmgs the politicians had to be on hand for - they were the ones that made the funding possible - so Ted McMeekin, the Liberal Minister of Agiculture from a riding next to us, was on hand to tell us what the government had done for us and to thank all the volunteers who made it possible. The volunteers were the imnportant part. of the event.

Ted McMeekin, the Liberal Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the MPP for the riding next to us spoke for Burlington when we needed help. He is now just the MPP for Ancaster – there is still however, a lot of tread on those tires.

Ted McMeekin put a wonderful spin on his “retirement” from Cabinet when he said: “Each time a man or woman stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  He added – “I’m grateful to have sent my few small ripples into the current of this Province.”

McMahon gushed and in her typical manner kept saying how honoured she was to have been appointed. It is now time to lighten up on the gushing and the gee whiz stuff and get down to the business of legislating.

McMahon at podium

Eleanor McMahon MPP for Burlington – now a member of the provincial cabinet

McMahon will be spending much of the weekend going over the mandate letter that went with the job and then spending endless hours poring over briefing books.

Then she has to begin to think about how she wants to carry out the mandate she was given.

No more bootserism, no more yelps about how great it all is. Hard work, creative thinking and assembling the team she is going to need to get the job done.

With just two years’ experience as an active politician Mary Eleanor McMahon has her work cut out for her.

There are some very impressive pluses to the woman – she is one of the best political campaigners this reporter has seen – and I’ve seen a lot of them. She bonds with people – and the bonding is real. She likes people; she cares, really cares.

AGB presentation McMahon

The arts are now and tourism are now going to be front and center for the new minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She has already begun thinking of bike tours throughout the province.

Kathleen Wynne saw something in McMahon when she personally asked her to run in Burlington and bring to an end more than 70 years of Tory rule. The confident the Premier had when she recruited McMahon is clearly still there – her choice wasn’t based on just gender.

McMahon now faces the challenge of proving the Premier to have been right; she knows what it is to face a challenge – but she isn’t alone facing this one.

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