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Tim Sale (politician)
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Sale moved to Manitoba after his graduation, and worked at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. He also served as a Fort Garry school trustee from 1971 to 1977, spent eight years on the board of the United Way in Winnipeg, and was Chief Executive Officer of Winnipeg's Social Planning Council from 1976 to 1985.
Sale was originally aligned with the Liberal Party of Canada, and there were many in the Manitoba New Democratic Party who objected to his appointment as an Assistant Deputy Minister for this reason. After being fired by Gary Filmon's Tories, however, Sale's political views shifted to the left. In 1991, he helped to found CHO!CES, a social activist group which opposed Filmon's government. He also ran for the NDP in the central Winnipeg riding of Crescentwood in a 1992 by-election, and came within 400 votes of winning.
Sale ran again for Crescentwood in the 1995 provincial election, this time winning in a close three-way contest. He became one of most vocal members of the NDP opposition, and served as the party's critic for Industry, Trade and Tourism. Sale also played a leading role in exposing a vote-manipulation scandal involving the Independent Native Voice party and some senior advisors to Gary Filmon's government.
The New Democrats under Gary Doer won the general election of 1999, and Sale was easily re-elected in the redistributed riding of Fort Rouge. He was appointed Minister of Family Services and Housing with responsibility for persons with disabilities in Doer's first cabinet, and was transferred to the new portfolio of Science, Energy and Technology with responsibility for the Gaming Control Act and Manitoba Hydro on September 25, 2002. In the latter capacity, Sale has been a leading proponent of the environmental reforms outlined in the Kyoto Protocal.
Sale was easily re-elected in the provincial election of 2003, defeating his closest opponent by over 2700 votes. On October 12, 2004, he was appointed as Manitoba's Minister of Health, trading portfolios with David Chomiak.
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