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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.

Two days 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 ...

Three days ago

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

This week

Voted Yes on Vote #283 on Bill C-608 Respecting a National Day of the Midwife

Voted No on Vote #282 That the First Report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, presented on Thursday, March 27, 2014, ...

Voted No on Vote #281 That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word "That" and substituting the following: ...

Voted Yes on Vote #280 That the amendment be amended by adding after the word "negociated" the following: "and the Committee only report ...

Voted No on Vote #279 on Bill C-18 Amend certain Acts relating to agriculture and agri-food

Two weeks ago

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 ...

Spoke in the House on Remembrance Day Mr. Speaker, like many families on Remembrance Day, we remember those who are serving, modern veterans, and those who went before them. My two grandfathers both ...

Three weeks 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 in the House on Gasoline Prices Mr. Speaker, Canadians continue to be gouged at the pumps in northern Ontario. Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Fort Frances have some of the highest gas prices ...

Spoke in the House on Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act Mr. Speaker, when the NDP looks at trade deals, we use four very important criteria to assess these deals. Is the proposed partner one who respects ...

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 ...

A month ago

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com MP John Rafferty speaks from the Hill amid lockdown following morning ... OTTAWA, Ont. -- John Rafferty is in lockdown with the rest of his colleagues after a gunman opened fire at Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. Speaking quietly on the phone from a safe place in Ottawa, Rafferty told tbnewswatch.com that the NDP were in ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com MP John Rafferty speaks from the Hill amid lockdown following morning ... MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay - Rainy River) speaks with local media while in Thunder Bay in this file photograph. The NDP representative was in a caucus meeting when a gunman opened fire at Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. He spoke to ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com MP John Rafferty speaks from the Hill amid lockdown following morning ... MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay - Rainy River) speaks with local media while in Thunder Bay in this file photograph. The NDP representative was in a caucus meeting when a gunman opened fire at Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. He spoke to ...

Mentioned by TbNewsWatch.com MP John Rafferty speaks briefly amid Parliament lockdown following morning ... MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay - Rainy River) speaks with local media while in Thunder Bay in this file photograph. The NDP representative was in a caucus meeting when a gunman opened fire at Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. He spoke to ...

Spoke in the House on Vision Care for School-Age Children Mr. Speaker, October is Children's Vision Month. It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems. Despite the economic, social, and health care ...

Two 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. ...

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on New Veterans Charter Thank you. This question is for you, Mr. Burke. I was intrigued when in your presentation you talked about integrating the Department of National Defence with ...

Spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee on New Veterans Charter Thank you. I only have six minutes, so.... Now, we've heard a number of witnesses talk about this, and you also mentioned it briefly when you ...

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)