Barry Tyler –NDP supporter welcomes visit from the NDP campaign

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A longtime NDP supporter – who even campaigned locally in 1971 for then NDP candidate Anne Valentine, invited Sault Ste. Marie by-election candidate Joe Krmpotich and Ontario’s NDP leader Andrea Horwath for a visit at ARCH Hospice.

In the afternoon of Friday, May 20th, 2017, the local candidate and provincial NDP leader did just that. Saultonline was privileged to be invited for the visit as well.

Barry Tyler wanted to cheer on the local NDP campaign leading up to the June 1, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie by-election. Barry’s daughter Melanie Mahler organized the visit for her dad.

Barry Tyler was all decked out in NDP orange and welcomed Horwath and Krmpotich while holding a 2017 by-election campaign sign. “I wanted to wish you the best of luck.  We really need you to get things turned around.” he said.

“I’m really upset at the way (David) Orazietti handled things. He quit early, when he didn’t have to, and put the province and our community in this situation.” he said.

Former Liberal MPP David Orazietti left provincial politics on December 31, 2016, and was the MPP for Sault Ste. Marie for 13 years. Less than one month after stepping aside from provincial politics, Orazietti had a new job as the Dean of Aviation, Trades and Technology, Natural Environment and Business at Sault College.

Tyler didn’t mince words on how he felt about Orazietti’s appointment to Sault College. “He put the province into this situation – all so that he could take a cushy new job at the College.”

Barry Tyler expressed concerns about the ongoing chipping away of public health care, Ontario’s hydro rates, pensions, and the general lack of affordable living faced by many senior citizens today.

Tyler shared a story about campaigning in 1971 for then Sir James Dunn history teacher, Anne Valentine.

“Do you remember Anne Valentine” he asked. “She ran in the federal election. I was campaigning door-to-door in Manitou Park when a gentleman at one house said –  ‘Why would you want to campaign for a woman?’. I really lost it.” he said. “Why wouldn’t a woman make a good candidate?” In 1971, Anne Valentine was running as NDP candidate in the Canadian Federal Election.

Melanie Mahler shared her hope for ARCH Hospice to receive ongoing and sustained funding.

Horwath and Krmpotich spent about an hour chatting with Barry Tyler and left ARCH with Tyler stating – “I’ll be cheering you on like crazy. I want to wish you the best of luck.”

Writers note: A special thank you to Barry Tyler and daughter Melanie Mahler. Barry’s sense of humour shines through in everything he does. Thank you Barry and wife Elsie – for all of the post-Sunday-service breakfast outings. Blessings and fellowship I will take with me for the rest of my life.