This southern riding is primarily rural and includes the towns of Tilsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock.
Manufacturing is the main industry, with the area being home to several small auto parts and textiles factories. Agriculture also plays a role, particularly dairy production and tobacco farming.
In the 1996 census, eight per cent of residents gave Dutch as their ethnic origin.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Oxford added a small part of Norfolk to the existing Oxford riding.
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Oxford elected Tory Harry Parrott in 1971, 1975 and 1977, then another Tory, Dick Treleaven, in 1981 and 1985. The Tories' winning streak ended in 1987, when Liberal Charlie Tatham defeated Treleaven.
In 1990, New Democrat Kimble Sutherland won the seat for one term, falling to Tory Ernie Hardeman in 1995. Voters returned him in 1999 and 2003 and he was named agriculture, food and rural affairs minister in June 1999. He was dropped from cabinet in February 2001, but added again in 2003 in the newly created position of associate minister of municipal affairs and housing.
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