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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
Yesterday at 15:21

A victory for workers

Last week the striking workers at Bombardier in Thunder Bay ratified a hard won new collective agreement that ended a nine week strike, and Tom Mulcair and Canada’s New Democrats launched our 2015 election campaign with our first platform commitment. First off, I would congratulate all... Read More

2014-08-15 at 13:20

Need for sustainable development of natural resources never greater

As a New Democrat I am a proud supporter of the ‘sustainable development’ of our natural resources. If you are wondering why, then look no further than the massive ecological disaster that occurred this past week at Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine... Read More

2014-08-06 at 14:08

Crown is to blame in Grassy Narrows, Wabaseemoong Minamata tragedy

There is a deeply tragic series of events that has led to economic exclusion and physical endangerment of the people of the Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations on their own territory.  It is completely unacceptable and the fault for this lies exclusively with the Crown. As... Read More

2014-06-06 at 16:36

An update for dual citizens

About two weeks ago I wrote a column on a new information sharing initiative between Canada and the United States, the ‘Entry/Exit Initiative of the Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan,’ which will allow both governments to track border crossings between our countries... Read More

2014-05-05 at 10:28

Standing up for the rights of Dual Canadian-US citizens

Do you think the federal government should be allowed to share your personal information – your physical location, bank account numbers, income, etc.  – with a foreign government? I don’t either, but the Harper Government is trying to pass a law that will allow them to... Read More

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