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  • His favourite word is service.

NDP MP for Thunder Bay—Rainy River (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 48.70% of the vote.

Yesterday

Spoke in the House on Veterans Affairs Mr. Speaker, one year ago, the Veterans Affairs office was closed in Thunder Bay as part of Conservative cuts to services, which have left veterans across ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com One year later, Rafferty calls for reversal of Veterans Affairs office ... A local MP is calling out the federal government on the one-year anniversary of the closures of nine Veterans Affairs offices across Canada, including one in Thunder Bay. John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River), says in a release the Conservative ...

Two days ago

Mentioned by NorthernLife.ca 'We shall not forget': MP honours Sudbury soldier's life Thunder Bay-Rainy River NDP MP John Rafferty delivered a statement in the House of Commons Jan. 28 following the tragic death of 34-year-old Sgt. Jesse Tait of Sudbury. Tait's body was recovered from the Kaministiquia River near Thunder Bay Jan. 22.

Three days ago

Spoke in the House on Jesse Tait Mr. Speaker, today we mourn the loss of Sgt. Jesse Tait of Sudbury. He was a father, husband, son and soldier, serving at CFB Shilo in ...

Voted Yes on Vote #317 on Bill C-579 Reduce the effects of urban heat islands on the health of Canadians

Voted No on Vote #316 That the Standing Orders of the House of Commons be amended: ( a) to add the following after ...

Voted Yes on Vote #315 That the House call on the government to ( a) immediately present an Economic and Fiscal Update to ...

Voted No on Vote #314 on Bill C-44 Amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts

Voted Yes on Vote #313 on Bill C-44 Amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts

This week

Spoke in the House on Rail Transportation Mr. Speaker, just as everyone in this place has seen, I am pleased to see the Minister of Transport back, safe and sound. However, it has ...

Spoke in the House on Questions Passed as Orders for Returns With regard to the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor): what are the total annual expenditures, for each fiscal year from 2004-2005 to the ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com Rafferty questions why flag isn't getting grander 50th anniversary celebration THUNDER BAY -- A local MP believes the country's flag deserves a bigger celebration ahead of its 50th anniversary. John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River) says the federal government should spend more than the allocated $50,000 on celebrating ...

A week ago

Posted on Twitter Very honoured to have been named #NDP Critic for Pensions. We can and must do more to secure and enhance the CPP and private pensions alike.

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com Budget delay fuels election speculation among Thunder Bay politiciansPOLITICS Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty says he's 50-50 that the prime minister's budget delay will lead to a snap spring election. The NDP representative said initially he was convinced Stephen Harper would follow his own election law and go to the polls ...

Two weeks ago

Mentioned by The Chronicle Journal LETTER OF THE DAY - This is no way to work for constituents Hyer, as well as John Rafferty (MP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River) voted in favour of abolishing the gun registry. Both were removed from their critic roles, for a limited time, as discipline for voting against the party's position developed at the grass roots level of the ...

Mentioned by The Chronicle Journal This is no way to work for constituents Hyer, as well as John Rafferty (MP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River) voted in favour of abolishing the gun registry. Both were removed from their critic roles, for a limited time, as discipline for voting against the party's position developed at the grass roots level of the ...

Two months ago

Spoke in the House on Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve Act Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time. Bill S-5 would create a national park in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. For geographical reference, ...

Spoke at the Natural Resources committee on Review of propane markets in Canada Thank you for being here. I've had a number of conversations with the Canadian Propane Association over this past year. I guess the gist of it ...

Spoke at the Foreign Affairs committee on Canada's Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the ... Thank you for staying a little bit longer. I know I have only five minutes. I'm going to try to get a question in for everybody, ...

Spoke in the House on Veterans Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives said they needed to cut jobs at Veterans Affairs Canada, even while we hear from the Auditor General that the system is ...

Spoke in the House on National Fiddling Day Act Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order arising out of question period. I misspoke when I said the government had returned $7.5 million to ...

Spoke in the House on Regional Economic Development Mr. Speaker, people in my region rely on FedNor, but I was shocked to learn that the total lapsed spending at FedNor, money that was approved ...

Posted on Twitter @ParmGill You're misleading parliament Parm. Here are YOUR gov'ts own docs outlining YOUR Veterans' Affairs cuts. http://t.co/wF9WwFuhfK

Three months ago

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Public Service Employment Act (enhancing ... I'll read the amendment with the changes so everybody is clear on what we're talking about here. It's “person who, being a veteran, died from causes ...

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Public Service Employment Act (enhancing ... Okay, thank you very much. I didn't mean to do that. You were here for the last panel, and you probably heard my question. I'll repeat ...

More than three months ago

Posted on Twitter A column I penned in the @CJ_ThunderBay re:@UniforTheUnion #1075 strike at Bombardier http://t.co/AneX4eALGn #fairness #equality #solidarity

Posted on Twitter I stand in solidarity with @UniforTheUnion Local 1075 in their struggle for fair wages and secure pensions for ALL members. #solidarity

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on New Veterans Charter and Main Estimates 2014-15: Votes 1 and 5 under ... Thank you, Minister and Ms. Chaput, for being here today. I'm going to concentrate on face-to-face service with veterans. The nine veterans offices have been closed. ...

Spoke at the Health committee on Marijuana: Health Risks and Harms That leads to my second question, which is about aboriginal policing, and in particular first nations policing. We've heard in other committees, public safety in particular, ...

Posted on Twitter News of Fort Frances @resolutefp mill closure is devastating. Staff and I here to help toll-free at 1-800-667-6186. http://t.co/u8BBACHzPL

Posted on Twitter RIP Jim. http://t.co/6xzQp7RGYG

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on New Veterans Charter Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you both for being here today. It's interesting that we started off this session talking about transitions, and continued to. It's ...

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on New Veterans Charter Thank you very much, Chair. Thank you to everyone for being here today. I'll try to ask everybody a question, if we can fit it in. ...

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-531 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transit operators)

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-338 An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (termination and severance pay)

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-294 An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (illness or injury)

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-227 An Act respecting the establishment of a National Strategy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-569 An Act respecting the establishment of a National Strategy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-532 An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (warning labels regarding the consumption of alcohol)