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Monday, Jun. 28, 2004

Martin, Tony

Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie, New Democratic Party

Tony Martin served for 13 years as MPP for Sault Ste. Marie |

Worked with the poor and marginalized running a church Soup Kitchen

Before going to Queen’s Park, Tony was pastoral assistant for his church and General Manager and Chair of a co-op housing construction company

Served as a Trustee for the Separate School Board

Treasurer of the Offing Community Development Group, a resource center for worker co-ops and businesses

His community work has won him three prestigious awards: the Solicitors General’s Crime Prevention Award, the Addiction Research Foundation Community Award and the Social Planning Council Volunteer of the Year

First elected to the Legislature in 1990, Tony was immediately appointed as the government’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Training and chaired the Minister’s Advisory Committees on deaf Education, Safe Schools and Education finance Reform

Tony was responsible for legislation that protects Franchisees, culminating in the passage of the “Arthur Wishart Act-2000”, a rare event for an opposition Member

The “ People’s Parliament of Poverty” forums, which Tony initiated, took him into more than twelve communities across the province. Out of that he launched a campaign to “Stop the Clawback” of the Federal Child Tax Benefit Supplement, called for an inquest into the death of Kimberly Rogers and challenged the government to implement the resulting recommendations

Locally, Tony has fought to protect jobs, (Ontario Lottery Corporation) and brought the community together to save infrastructure, (Searchmont Resort)

He was instrumental in arranging the Trade Missions to Ireland in an effort to attract new investment and put Sault Ste. Marie on the global map

Born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1960, settling in Wawa, Ontario

Attended Laurentian University in Sudbury and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1974

He has lived in Northern Ontario since his arrival in Canada and has resided in Sault Ste Marie since 1981

Tony is married to Anna Celetti and they have four children

Other Sault Ste. Marie candidates:

Party L E T
Liberal 0 135 135
Cons. 0 99 99
BQ 0 54 54
NDP 0 19 19
Other 0 1 1
Total 0 308 308
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