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NDP MP for Thunder Bay—Rainy River (Ontario)

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

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Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com MP's departure from Parliament for Queen's Park a surprise for RaffertyLOCAL THUNDER BAY – John Rafferty says he's surprised to see his best friend in Parliament give up his seat in Ottawa to chase a provincial position with the Liberals. The NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River commented Friday on the decision by colleague ...

A week ago

Voted Yes on Vote #310 on Bill C-603 Amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (vehicle side guards)

Voted No on Vote #309 on Bill C-43 A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February ...

Voted Yes on Vote #308 on Bill C-43 A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February ...

Voted Yes on Vote #307 on Bill S-211 Establish a national day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians

Voted Yes on Vote #306 on Bill C-524 Amend the Canada Elections Act (election advertising)

Mentioned by The Chronicle Journal New gun control debate raises a bigger issue I applauded local MP Bruce Hyer for having the guts to vote with his constituents but he had no different a decision than MP John Rafferty. Both voted against the NDP policy, both where reprimanded by the NDP dictators. The title New Democratic Party was ...

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, ...

Two weeks ago

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 ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com Rafferty ready to defy NDP if long-gun legislation is reintroducedCANADA MP John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay - Rainy River) speaks to supporters in this tbnewswatch.com file photograph. NDP leadership ... “I think the important thing to know is that I will always, as a Member of Parliament, put (my constituencies') best interest first.”.

Mentioned by NorthernLife.ca NDP rakes Tories over $11M in unspent FedNor funds The NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River wonders why $11 million in economic development money for Northern Ontario went unspent the past four years. The party's critic for FedNor, John Rafferty blasted the Conservative government over the issue in ...

Three weeks ago

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 ...

Spoke in the House on Agricultural Growth Act Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to use my remaining time at this point. I will remind you that I am sharing my time with the ...

A month ago

Spoke in the House on Regional Economic Development Mr. Speaker, yesterday the CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources, which owns the rights to most of the Ring of Fire mining project in northern Ontario, said ...

Spoke in the House on Veterans Affairs Mr. Speaker, the government can claim that the money will be carried forward, but that simply is not the case. It is gone. The Conservatives spent ...

Mentioned by CBC.ca Veterans Affairs district offices didn't need to close, says MP NDP MP John Rafferty is questioning why eight Veterans Affairs district offices had to close, following news that the department left $1.1 billion unspent from 2006-2013. hi-john-rafferty-852. The federal government is trying to balance the budget on the backs ...

Mentioned by Net Newsledger Rafferty – Veterans are paying the price for Conservative Tax Cuts OTTAWA – The continued hard work of Thunder Bay – Rainy River Member of Parliament John Rafferty is yielding new information into the closure of nine Veterans' Affairs offices across Canada, including the Thunder Bay office, and has again put the Harper ...

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

Spoke in the House on Veterans Affairs Mr. Speaker, the truth is this: Last year, nine Veterans Affairs offices across Canada were closed by the Conservatives. That included more than 3,000 veterans in ...

Spoke in the House on Committees of the House Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be part of this debate today. The previous speakers have all been correct, including speakers on our side, that this ...

Two 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 ...

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

More than three months ago

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. ...

Posted on Twitter 8 suicides in 2 months and the #CPC are cutting VA staff and closing their offices? The #NDP stands with veterans. http://t.co/kXdTcBQSFf

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)