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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.

This week

Spoke in the House on Veterans Affairs Mr. Speaker, we heard the sad news yesterday that Ernest Côté, a Second World War D-Day veteran, passed away at age 101. Now we need to ...

Spoke in the House on Mining Industry Mr. Speaker, I will be attending, along with the Leader of the Opposition and other New Democratic MPs, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual ...

Voted No on Vote #342 on Bill C-2 Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances

Voted Yes on Vote #341 on Bill C-586 Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (candidacy and caucus reforms)

A week ago

Voted Yes on Vote #340 That ( a) the House recognize that (i) the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the prohibition on ...

Voted Yes on Vote #339 on Bill C-32 Enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and to amend certain Acts

Voted No on Vote #338 on Bill C-51 Enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to ...

Spoke at the Natural Resources committee on Renewal of Canada’s Forest Industry Thank you, everyone, for being here. My first question is for Mr. Matters. If Mr. Gorman would also be interested in talking about this issue, that ...

Two weeks ago

Spoke at the Natural Resources committee on Renewal of Canada’s Forest Industry The bottom line is that under this government's watch over 112,000 jobs, or 36% of all the jobs in the forestry sector, have been lost in ...

Spoke in the House on National Defence Mr. Speaker, the sad fact is that the Conservatives spend hundreds of millions of dollars on war and yet fail to provide basic services for our ...

Posted on Twitter Since 2005 BC has lost 21,400 forestry jobs while Ontario has lost 40,700 and Quebec has lost 41,600. This is the #CPC record on forestry.

Posted on Twitter The #CPC has overseen the loss of 36% of all the jobs in the forestry sector since 2005...more than 112,000 jobs gone forever. #cdnpoli

Posted on Twitter Studying forestry sector at #RNNR committee. More than 112,000 forestry jobs lost since the #CPC came to power in '05 http://t.co/7ZgtbjvDkg

Three weeks ago

Mentioned by Net Newsledger John Rafferty MP – “Georjann has proven to be a very effective Chief for FWFN” THUNDER BAY – New Democrat Member of Parliament John Rafferty (Thunder Bay – Rainy River) issued the following statement today in response to the decision made by Fort William Chief Georjann Morriseau to withdraw her candidacy for the federal ...

Posted on Twitter A short statement on a recent decision made by Fort William Chief @Georjann_FWFN. http://t.co/GMIJo25ihX

Spoke in the House on Have a Heart Day Mr. Speaker, let me draw the attention of all members and all Canadians to an event this Valentine's Day called “Have A Heart Day”, sponsored by ...

A month ago

Spoke in the House on Veterans Affairs Mr. Speaker, the new Minister of Veterans Affairs has an interesting idea of transparency. It seems to involve posting blurry photos of anticipated reports on Twitter. ...

Mentioned by The Chronicle Journal MP seeks to reverse gov't decision One year after the closure of nine Veterans Affairs regional offices across the country, the Conservative government continues to fail to meet the needs of those women and men who have served our country, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty says.

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 ...

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 ...

Spoke at the Natural Resources committee on Canadian Forestry Industry Thank you all four for being here, but I think I'm just going to direct questions to Mr. Mason and Mr. Jones. Mr. Mason, you have ...

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.

Mentioned by news.com Statement by MP John Rafferty - In Memory of Sgt. Jesse Tait - Wawa Today in the House of Commons, NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay—Rainy River) delivered the following statement on the tragic death of Sergeant Jesse Tait. John Rafferty: Today we mourn the loss of Sgt. Jesse Tait of Sudbury. He was a father, husband ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Three months ago

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, ...

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

More than 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 ...

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. ...

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)