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Premier Refuses to Answer Question on Oxford Layoffs

QUEEN’S PARK – Today Premier Wynne refused to respond to a question from Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman which asked her to change her government’s approach that is forcing jobs out of Oxford and Ontario. “Over the past 10 months there have been 1,300 layoffs announced in Oxford at three different factories including Siemens in Tillsonburg,” […]

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Minimum Wage Increase to Kill 50,000 Jobs: FAO

TORONTO – Today the Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) released his economic assessment of the proposed minimum wage increase, raising greater concerns about the impact it will have on small businesses and the significant job losses that will be the result. Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP, is concerned about the local impacts. “In Oxford County we have […]

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Oxford MPP Launches Buy Local Initiative

WOODSTOCK – In the wake of significant layoffs in Oxford County, Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, is encouraging the community to support the local economy and local businesses. “Although many of our companies have been hit hard with uncompetitive government policies and the increasing cost of operating in Ontario, there are still so many great businesses […]

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Open Letter to new Minister of Environment re: the landfill proposal

July 31, 2017  Hon. Chris Ballard Minister of Environment and Climate Change Ferguson Block 11th Flr, 77 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 OPEN LETTER Dear Minister Ballard, Congratulations on becoming Minister of Environment and Climate Change. I’m sure that you have heard me speak in the Legislature about the concerns that my community […]

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Government finally agrees to Wettlaufer inquiry

WOODSTOCK – Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, said that a public inquiry will ideally help to explain the depth of the problems that led to the horrifying actions of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, and whether correcting these problems earlier could have prevented any of these deaths. “I have spent weeks listening to the victims’ families and the community […]

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HYDRO ONE PROPOSES TO HIT CUSTOMERS WITH NEW INCREASE

WOODSTOCK –Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman said he disapproves of Hydro One’s recent application to increase distribution rates and cause more hydro hardship. “I am concerned that if this increase is approved the average Hydro One customer will end up paying $141 more per year,” said Hardeman “I’ve heard from people who must choose between heating […]

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MPP Column – Cost of the government’s hydro proposal

Over the last few weeks two separate documents have been released which show the government’s hydro proposal will result in the people of Ontario paying higher hydro bills for many years. First, there was a leaked Liberal cabinet document entitled “Global Adjustment Smoothing” which includes a chart showing that under the government’s proposal, hydro bills […]

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HOUSING AFFORDABILITY PANEL MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY

QUEEN’S PARK –Today MPP Hardeman’s motion to create a housing affordability panel to address Ontario’s ongoing housing crisis was supported unanimously by the Ontario Legislature. “This panel will bring together experts in the housing industry so we can develop real solutions to address the housing affordability crisis,” said Hardeman. “Housing is a complex issue and […]

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BROWN AND HARDEMAN ADDRESS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

QUEEN’S PARK – Today in a press conference Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced the measures they would like to see in the upcoming budget to address the housing affordability crisis in Ontario. “Many young people in Ontario are seeing their dream […]

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Oxford Business Hit with over $350,000 in government charges on hydro bill

For Immediate Release March 20, 2017 Oxford Business Hit with over $350,000 in government charges on hydro bill QUEEN’S PARK –Today in the Ontario Legislature MPP Ernie Hardeman questioned the Premier about the high hydro costs that Oxford business such as Vuteq are facing. “Vuteq, one of the largest employers in my riding, said that […]

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