Ernie Hardeman



Ernie Hardeman was first elected MPP for Oxford in 1995 and is the longest serving MPP in Oxford’s history. Hardeman has held many positions in the Legislature including Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs (Rural), Chair of the Legislative Committee on Public Accounts, and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1999-2001 and 2018-2021. He has also had many Private Member’s Bills pass.

Prior to 1995, Hardeman was elected to Township of South-West Oxford council and served as Mayor from 1988-1994. He also served as Warden of Oxford County council, chair of the Warden’s Association of Ontario, chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and on the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Until 1995, Hardeman ran his own business and served as a volunteer firefighter, retiring as Captain of the South-West Oxford Fire Department. He and his wife, Reta, have three sons and a daughter.