What are Hamilton Liberals Saying About Terry Whitehead?
I have had the opportunity to work closely with Terry Whitehead and have always been impressed with his diligence and leadership in representing his constituents and the City of Hamilton. As a former riding president in two ridings, I am proud to fully support Terry as the nominee for the Hamilton Mountain Liberals.Andrew A. IlerFormer President, Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale Federal Liberal Riding Association and former President of Niagara West—Glanbrook Federal Liberal Riding Association
I have known Terry Whitehead as an assistant to Federal and Provincial politicians, as the Executive Director to a former mayor, as a Councillor when I was Mayor of the City of Hamilton and as a Councillor when I was not. In all of his roles, Terry brings a determination that can only be described as dogged. He is tenacious and passionate in representing his constituents and he is effective in achieving results. Terry Whitehead would make a superb representative for the citizens of his riding and the City of Hamilton.Larry Di IanniFormer Mayor of Hamilton Former HESC Liberal Party of Canada Candidate
I have known Terry Whitehead for 20 years and I can say he is a dedicated Liberal who would make an excellent candidate in the upcoming federal election for the Liberal Party of Canada. Terry Whitehead has my full support.Javid MirzaFormer Hamilton Mountain Provincial Liberal Candidate and Hamilton Centre Federal Liberal Candidate
Councillor Terry Whitehead has the name recognition and experience necessary to give the Liberals a chance to win Hamilton Mountain. I am pleased to give Terry my full support.Ivan LuksicPast President, HESC Provincial Liberal Association, former Liberal candidate
As a Liberal and long-time City Councillor, Terry Whitehead has developed a strong reputation as a fierce advocate for his constituents and Hamilton Mountain. As a widely respected leader with strong relationships at the municipal, provincial and federal level, Terry has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns that impact the families of Hamilton Mountain. Terry is unquestionably not only the best choice to be the next Liberal candidate for Hamilton Mountain, he is the only choice for those that want to win.Derek HoulbrookPast President Hamilton Centre Liberal Riding Association
Terry Whitehead has a proven track record of success on election day. Terry is the best candidate to restore Liberal representation on Hamilton Mountain, and he will help form another majority Liberal government.Andy GoodrichPast President, NWG Federal Liberal Riding Association
Councillor Whitehead has fought on behalf of Hamilton Mountain voters for the past 15 years and he would make an excellent candidate for the Liberals in the upcoming election. Terry Whitehead has what it takes to win this riding back and has my full and unwavering support.Vito SgroPast President - HESC Federal Liberal Riding Association
Terry’s Track Record
Terry Whitehead has long made a home with his wife and four children in West Mountain and is committed to making the City of Hamilton a better place to live, work, play and raise one’s family.
A very visible and vocal full-time councillor, he is now in his fifth term of office and participates in numerous agencies, boards, and committees on behalf of West Mountain constituents.
Terry’s work in the private sector and at all levels of government have given him a wealth of knowledge. He has operated his own business and has many years of experience working in executive positions for municipal, provincial and federal governments.
From 1990 to 1995, Terry served as Special Assistant to the Honourable David Christopherson, then Minister of Correctional Services and Solicitor General of Ontario; from 1995 to 2000, he was Chief of Staff to Robert Morrow, a former mayor for the City of Hamilton, and from 2001 to 2003, as Special Advisor to the Honourable Sheila Copps, then Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Terry has been instrumental in resolving issues for the City of Hamilton and its organizations, businesses and residents. He was directly involved in negotiations with the Red Cross, Canadian Blood Services, Health Canada and the Hamilton Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society which preserved two hundred jobs within our community.
In the Mayor’s Office, Terry initiated discussions on expanding the film industry (a multimillion-dollar business) in Hamilton. He invited representatives from the Ontario Media Development Corporation to develop a plan which, upon implementation, resulted in increased activity for Hamilton and, in fact, one year we boasted more filming in our city than any one state in the USA.
Terry was also directly involved in the negotiations between the City of Hamilton and its Port Authority resulting in the settlement of a one hundred million-dollar lawsuit and the return of the city’s west harbour to the people of Hamilton.
With the help of Community Council, he introduced “Movie Night in the Park”, bringing neighbours together as a community to enjoy fun for the whole family. The grassroots project has met with such success that it is anticipated to be an annual event.
Over the last number of years, Terry was the only one to speak out about the creation of the Southern Ontario Economic Development Agency. Due in part to these efforts, the Federal Government has established the Regional Development Agency for Ontario to help with the province’s recovery, particularly as Southern Ontario was one of the areas hardest hit by the economic downturn. It was recently announced that $1 billion in funding over the next few years would be available to primarily help the area’s manufacturing industry.
He also championed the Business Ambassador Program, a network of local leaders with a passion for promoting growth and investment in Hamilton.
Economic development directly influences the sustainability and prosperity of communities. To that end, Terry pushed for the implementation of a Business Ambassador Program and through the evolution of this program a flash disk to showcase the benefits of living and working in the Hamilton area was created. Our municipality is the only one to use this technology for which we won a national award. A sign we are on the right track in encouraging businesses and families to move to the Golden Horseshoe.