QUEEN’S PARK—Today in the legislature Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, encouraged shopping and buying local for the holidays. During his statement, he spoke about the importance of shopping local and praised Oxford business owners and associations for their work to provide exceptional goods and services close to home and for their dedication to the community.

“While visiting local businesses, it has been great to see the variety of products and services available so close to home and the passion these business owners have for their work and their communities,” Hardeman said. “As people begin their Christmas shopping, I encourage everyone to give their community a gift by shopping local.”

Hardeman launched a Shop Local, Buy Local initiative to encourage residents to support local businesses in response to recent plant closures and layoff announcements.

The initiative builds on existing buy local campaigns by bringing greater awareness to the importance of supporting local businesses, something that is especially important during the Christmas season.

“With the holiday season approaching, I encourage everyone to look locally for gifts, produce, decorations, or activities,” said Hardeman. “When we support our local economy we are helping to keep businesses and jobs in our communities.”

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For more information, contact:

Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford

(416) 325-1239