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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
2014-08-15 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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)

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 Tbnewswatch.com(0)