Barrie Liberal was a UN peacekeeper

Barrie Liberals have a candidate to face off against Progressive Conservative candidate Rod Jackson and others in the provincial election set for Oct. 6.
Karl Walsh, an OPP officer and CAO of the Ontario Provincial Police Association, will carry the banner in Barrie for the McGuinty Liberals as they seek their third consecutive mandate.
“It is my honour and my pleasure to be nominated, and I am looking forward to the challenge of representing the Barrie community at Queen’s Park,” said Walsh. “The Ontario Liberals have made a great deal of progress in Barrie, and Barrie continues to need a strong voice at the table. With the support of my capable volunteers I know we are in a position to make that a reality.”
The riding is currently held by the Liberals and represented by MPP Aileen Carroll, a former federal member and cabinet minister in the government of Paul Martin. Carroll was defeated by Patrick Brown and moved to the provincial stage, defeating Tory incumbent Joe Tascona.
She announced earlier this year that she would not run again. Carroll also served on Barrie city council, earning the distinction of serving at all three levels of government. During her first term as a McGuinty Liberal, Carroll was culture minister.
A family man, Walsh has a record of service that includes 14 years in the Canadian military and time spent in Kosovo as a UN peacekeeper. He was awarded several medals for his service, including a UN peacekeeping award, a Kosovo Mission Medal, and he is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
“Barrie has a tradition of strong Liberal representation at Queen’s Park, and Karl Walsh has the skills and experience to make a real contribution,” said Carroll. “Karl has had an impressive career, and I know he will work hard for Barrie.”

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