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Former Sault MP Tony Martin hospitalized (updated)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014   by: Staff

1:15 p.m. update - We reached Jeff Arbus, regional vice-president OPSEU and close friend of Tony Martin.

“Few people can say they are more devoted to their community than Tony. He continues to be an inspiration for me,” said Arbus by phone.

Although Martin was defeated in the 2011 general election he continued to work in the community, including sitting on the board of directors of the Soup Kitchen Community Centre.

"I wish Tony all the best and hope for a full recovery," adds Arbus.


Tony Martin, the former NDP MP for Sault Ste. Marie has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, according to various Twitter sources.

CBC Radio host Robert Fisher tweeted Monday night “My thoughts tonight r with the family of former MPP & MP Tony Martin after he suffered a stroke. Martin always a proud Northerner.”

Janine Bertolo, who identifies herself as NDP MP staff, tweeted on Monday “My heart is in Sault Ste. Marie today. Sending all my love, hope and optimism Tony Martin's way." will report as more information becomes available.

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soowat 2/11/2014 11:14:00 AM Report

Tony has always been a fighter. He'll win this one too
Sam C 2/11/2014 12:00:11 PM Report

I haven't always agreed with Tony's politics, but I have never had reason to question his motives.

Tony is an honourable politician, and a tireless worker. His efforts to assist those in need have continued since his retirement from politics.

He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Just Curious 2/11/2014 12:05:20 PM Report

Damn, there are some really rude people in this world.. Like Sam said,didn't always agree with you but wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. You and your family are in my thoughts.. Get well..
cooper2006 2/11/2014 12:06:28 PM Report

I cannot believe the rubbish people are saying at this time....


No wonder you feel no one cares about you....

get well Tony
Gater 2/11/2014 12:07:10 PM Report

All ther best to Tony and his fanmily.
soowat 2/11/2014 12:10:01 PM Report


Wow! To be that callous and classless causes me to suggest you deserve pity
Prrrrrrr 2/11/2014 12:12:58 PM Report

Get well soon Tony!!! I would not wish this sort of thing on my worse enemy...obviously some people are so bitter they have lost all compassion. Karma is a B&t*h folks, open your hearts or go dark!
randy011 2/11/2014 12:18:54 PM Report

Tony you are a great man, the city is a much better place because of you. Get well soon!! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
IB-fine 2/11/2014 12:45:15 PM Report

Get well soon Tony! He's such a lovely man and works so hard for this city still!
Prayers and best wishes to him and his family.

I'm glad SooToday took off all negative/inappropriate comments!
flyhawk25 2/11/2014 12:52:11 PM Report

Rest and recover Tony.
My prayers for you.
ti-guy 2/11/2014 12:54:40 PM Report

I have known Tony since 1975 when we both worked at Sault College in Elliot Lake, and even then, he was one of the most caring and compassionate person I ever knew. God will take care of you and your family tony.
ginjur 2/11/2014 1:22:23 PM Report

Tony has worked so hard for the people of this city, especially those who have had no one to speak for them. With hope and optimism he has tirelessly worked towards his vision of a better society. He has helped so many. Thank you Tony and get well soon.
sunnie 2/11/2014 1:32:08 PM Report

Saying prayers for Tony and his family.
olebanjer 2/11/2014 1:34:36 PM Report

Tony. I've seen you in action and know you are a fighter. You will see this through. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Thanks for all you have done for the working man in the Soo.
theprotector 2/11/2014 1:56:48 PM Report

hang in there tony!
cotor 2/11/2014 2:01:01 PM Report

TONY you are a strong person and you have a very strong family.i will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers
Snobank 2/11/2014 2:24:51 PM Report

Get well, Tony.
GrammaDingbat54 2/11/2014 3:06:42 PM Report

Wishing Tony a speedy recovery!!
Cormorant 2/11/2014 3:07:49 PM Report

I haven't had much to do with our local politicians over the past 60 years. I've written to a few and always waited for a "party policy" response from them.

But the one time I needed real help, I actually called on Tony Martin while he was our MP. He did something I'll never forget. Against his own party policy, he not only provided assistance for my cause, but also set up public meetings so that I and my colleagues could bring our concerns to the attention of the Sault and regional public. He stuck with us while he got flack from the NDP brass in Ottawa. And we were not NDP supporters.

Reminds me also of how he resigned while MPP as Interim Speaker of the House in the Ontario Legislature over a poverty bill that he endorsed and which was defeated.

A man of integrity that Saultites need to support in his time of health needs. He served our city, did you?

All the best to you Mr. Martin, get well soon!
MarcHandthefunkybunch 2/11/2014 3:57:56 PM Report

xyz123 2/11/2014 4:40:50 PM Report

Tony is a great person, more integrity and compassion than any person i have ever met. If only all politicians could be like Tony.
Dictionary 2/11/2014 4:44:35 PM Report

Get well soon Tony!
I'm In 2/11/2014 5:05:42 PM Report

Get well, all the best Tony you are a fighter, thoughts and prayers are with you, Anna and the adult kids.
happy camper 2/11/2014 7:10:59 PM Report

Get well Tony
jonesur 2/11/2014 8:07:41 PM Report

As someone who has taken political shots at Tony Martin, I cannot better state the sentiments of Sam C. Get well Tony. You are a gentleman and a fine human being.
cjborg 2/11/2014 8:43:39 PM Report

Tony.... our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Get well soon...
friendly 2/12/2014 9:27:28 AM Report

Tony, Anna & family

I just heard about Tony. I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery. You were instrumental in helping my family for my sons schooling. You attended my dads funeral and in your own time of grief you also came to my step mothers funeral.

You are a wonderful man with a lovely family. God Bless and get well soon.

Sherry, Chris and Sara
chan-clan 2/19/2014 2:18:46 PM Report

Hello Tony&Anna
Troy & I heard what happened. We are both praying for you and a speedy recovery! Please get well and know that we are thinking of you and your family.
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