The newly-elected MP for Windsor–Tecumseh, Cheryl Hardcastle is a former reporter and editor for the Tecumseh Tribune. Over the course of a 20 year career in her hometown, Hardcastle says she gained extensive knowledge about all of the issues affecting the community.
She is now the NDP’s critic for sport and persons with disabilities.
Hardcastle is the former Deputy Mayor of Tecumseh and has served on the Tecumseh Council and the Essex County Council. She has also served as a member of the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority Board and the Essex Region Conservation Authority Board. She is also a founding member of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society.
A former member of the National Pension Reform Committee, Hardcastle is passionate about poverty reduction and helping Canadians retire with dignity. She is also a former member of Pathway to Potential, an organization that advocates for business involvement in poverty reduction.
She has said her main issues of interest as an MP are pension reform, health care and job creation.
Hardcastle works as an instructor for adult literacy. She was the director of the Tecumseh Baseball Club and the president of the Sun Parlour Female Hockey Association.
She is a mother of four.