Herb Epp

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Herb Epp
Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario
In office
Preceded by Lynne Woolstencroft
Succeeded by Brenda Halloran
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Edward R. Good
Succeeded by Elizabeth Witmer
Constituency Waterloo North
Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario
In office
Preceded by Donovan P. Meston
Succeeded by Marjorie Carroll
Alderman, Waterloo, Ontario
In office
Personal details
Born (1934-08-31)August 31, 1934
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died February 25, 2013(2013-02-25) (aged 78)
Waterloo, Ontario
Political party Liberal Party of Ontario
Alma mater Waterloo Lutheran University
University of Toronto
Profession real estate agent, teacher and guidance counsellor

Herbert Arnold "Herb" Epp (August 31, 1934 – February 25, 2013) was a politician from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Liberal from 1977 to 1990 and was a former three-term mayor of the City of Waterloo.


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Ontario, Epp studied political science and history and received his BA degree from Waterloo Lutheran University in 1961. He went on to receive a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto in 1972. Epp worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor for fifteen years with the Waterloo County Board of Education and worked occasionally as a supply teacher after finishing his career in provincial politics.[1]

Along with teaching, Epp sold real estate starting in 1978 and maintained his realty licence through his 13 years at Queen's Park. During his absence from politics from 1990–2003, Epp returned to real estate and was an associate broker for ReMax Realty in Waterloo.

Epp died February 25, 2013 at the age of 78.[2]

Political career[edit]

First Epp was successful in local politics, serving as an alderman in Waterloo from 1968 to 1974, and two terms as the city's mayor from 1975 to 1977.

Epp ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1968 federal election as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Waterloo, finishing second to Max Saltsman of the NDP in a tight, three-way race.

Starting in 1977, he was elected four times to the Ontario legislature, representing the constituency of Waterloo North, and winning each time by a healthy margin.[3] Epp was re-elected in 1981,[4] and again in 1985.[5]

The Liberals formed a minority government and Epp served as parliamentary assistant to the treasurer from 1985 to 1987. Epp was re-elected in 1987, defeating future Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Elizabeth Witmer.[6] He served as chairman of the Liberal caucus from 1985–1987 and retired from the legislature in 1990.

In 1996, he supported Dalton McGuinty's successful bid to lead the Ontario Liberal Party.[7]

Re-entering politics after a 13-year break, Epp was easily elected to a third term as mayor of Waterloo in November 2003, receiving double the number of votes cast for incumbent Lynne Woolstencroft. During his term, he helped oversee the continuing redevelopment of Waterloo Square, initiated by Mayor Joan McKinnon (1997–2000) and a multi-million dollar library/YMCA project on University of Waterloo lands on the west side of the city. This 98 year land lease included lands which would favour multiple sports fields to serve primarily the youth of Waterloo. He ran for re-election in November 2006, but was defeated by political newcomer Brenda Halloran.


  1. ^ "City of Waterloo remembers former Mayor Herb Epp". City of Waterloo. February 26, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Former Waterloo MPP and mayor Herb Epp dies at 78". TheSpec.com. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  7. ^ Windsor Star, December 2, 1996

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