May 27, 2014 4:26 am

Ontario election 2014: Oxford riding profile

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On June 12, voters head to the polls in the 2014 Ontario election. Learn more about the candidates and political history of the riding of Oxford.

Candidates

Liberals: Dan Moulton
Progressive Conservatives: Ernie Hardeman
NDP: Bryan Smith
Green:  Mike Farlow

Geography

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This rural riding consists exclusively of Oxford county including the towns of Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll.

History

Progressive Conservative Ernie Hardeman, who was first elected in 1995, has held this seat since it was created in 1999, winning by at least 7,000 votes in every election but 2003, when he defeated Liberal Brian Brown by just 2,500 votes.

The Liberals are competitive in Woodstock, but have struggled elsewhere in the riding.

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By the numbers

Dutch is the mother tongue of more people here – 2.7 per cent – than anywhere else in Ontario. This district grew by 2.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011, more than other rural ridings in the province.
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Riding in a tweet

A PC stronghold for many decades, Hardeman is the overwhelming favourite to retain Oxford for the Tories.

Poll-level results, 2011: Oxford »

Poll-level results, 2011: Oxford

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