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From The House - MP John Rafferty is the Member of Parliament for the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding. From The House - RSS Feed
2014-03-10 at 11:40

NDP continues fight against unfair Elections Act

This week New Democrats took on the Conservatives in the House of Commons in a bid to force the government to hold public consultations on the (Un)Fair Elections Act that the government is trying to ram through parliament as fast as possible. As this week began it was obvious that it would... Read More

2014-02-28 at NOON

Standing up for democracy

This week was busy and saw me host a pair of town hall meetings on veterans’ affairs in Thunder Bay and Fort Frances as the NDP began our push for public consultations on the so-called Fair Elections Act. I was happy to have been joined by a special guest, Peter Stoffer, for our town... Read More

2014-02-11 at 11:40

Conservatives work to muzzle Elections Canada

This week my time away from the riding was spent working on two very different issues -- the proposed new undemocratic elections law that was hastily introduced by the Conservative government, and the future development of the Ring of Fire. At the start of the week, the Conservative government... Read More

2014-02-03 at 11:31

Tough week in federal politics

This week was a tough one.  On Friday the Thunder Bay Veterans Affairs office closed its doors for the final time just so the Conservative government can save a few bucks.  Over the past year, New Democrat MPs across the country joined with the Public Service Alliance of Canada... Read More

2014-01-10 at 14:25

Battle to balance the budget

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy 2014.  As we enter the year there is no shortage of political and economic developments to keep tabs on.  It may be fitting then at this point then to look at the year ahead. The main political... Read More

2013-12-16 at 11:44

Senate scandal and the year 2013

Since this is one of my two final columns for 2013 I would like offer a bit of a recap of the last year. I say this despite the fact that there are several important issues that have developed this week. So before getting into the year in review I want you to know that I will be commenting... Read More

2013-08-12 at 9:00 AM

The importance of small businesses

Small businesses and their owners play an important role in the economic success of every community across Canada. As such, there was a lot of interest in Ottawa when MPs founded the All-Party Entrepreneurship Caucus this past spring. In 2011 there were 1,116,423 small businesses within Canada,... Read More

2013-07-26 at 11:22

The NDP's position on rail safety

As the investigation into the Lac Megantic tragedy continues I would like to let you know what the New Democratic Party has proposed on rail safety over the years.  I think this is important information to consider as we head into the fall sitting of parliament as rail safety will be a... Read More

2013-05-14 at 13:49

Harper boondoggles starting to add up

Remember the former Liberal government’s infamous “billion dollar boondoggle” that engulfed the Human Resource and Skills Development file not so long ago?  It was one of more than a few boondoggles that exposed the Liberal Party’s false claim to being a fiscal... Read More

2013-04-02 at 10:54

Conservatives driving economy over cliff

Last week the 2013-14 federal budget document was presented to Parliament.  I was not impressed by the budget, and while my staff and I are still studying the document we have already found many items that will hurt families and businesses and that we will oppose.  Let me highlight... Read More

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