"The Rev. Tim Sale likes the title 'longest-serving honorary assistant in the world', which he earned at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Winnipeg. He began there in 1966 as a new priest in youth outreach ministry with a passion for social justice and ecumenism and became the honorary assistant in 1969". Now 71 and retired from Manitoba politics but active in his community, Sale was first elected to office in 1971, when as a member of a three-church inner-city ministry, he ran for Fort Garry's school board". "His first bid for the provincial legislature happened in 1992, when he ran for the New Democratic Party (NDP), losing by 200 votes. He continued his consulting work, and ran in 1995, this time winning and serving in the NDP opposition of Gary Doer. Re-elected in 1999, he became minister of health". "Sale who was influenced by sermons on the Christian vocation for justice given by the Rev. John Lee, 'who bluntly said that the only reason for a Christian to be involved in public office is to seek justice'. For people of faith considering running for office, Sale has this advice: 'Public office is always about compromise; about the solution that is reasonably acceptable, the one that is less worse', he says". "You need a set of values but also a broad vision. You need to get lots of experience in the world before you go into elected office".