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Rafferty captures provincial NDP nomination

THUNDER BAY – John Rafferty says after 14 years, Premier Kathleen Wynne's governing Liberals have run out of ideas for Ontario. It's time for new...

Science minister reflects on 'rebalance'

Tbnewswatch.com - TBNewsWatch.comTbnewswatch.comFederal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan is leading a shift the Liberal government is making across Canada to "rebalance" science in the public...

Conservative leadership hopeful calls for federal support for Ring of Fire

He replaced the embattled Julian Fantino, who drew the ire of veterans across the country, including in Thunder Bay with the closure of the city's...

Rafferty wants to run provincially for NDP

SLATE RIVER, Ont. – Former NDP MP John Rafferty is taking another stab at provincial politics. The 63-year-old Rafferty on Thursday confirmed he'll be seeking...

Feds reject city's latest event centre funding bid

- Tbnewswatch.com ...Tbnewswatch.comEvent Centre concept drawings handed out to media during the public consultations for a proposed event centre in the north downtown core.

Ring of Fire bigger vision than fast as possible: WynneLOCAL

That development corporation was established in August 2014, yet Wynne and Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle confirmed neither the previous Conservative federal government...

NDP candidates lament Mulcair's loss as former MP slams Leap Manifesto POLITICS

The Globe and MailTHUNDER BAY -- Both candidates who vied for local seats under the NDP banner in the federal 2015 election lamented their leader's...

Trudeau talks infrastructure and reconciliation with First Nations leadersFIRST NATIONS

THUNDER BAY -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Northwestern Ontario's Indigenous leaders have set the table to serve the Liberals' ambitious infrastructure agenda. Their meeting...

Former NDP candidates hope federal party keep Mulcair as leaderCANADA

THUNDER BAY – The two local NDP candidates who ran in last fall's federal election want the party to stay the course in leadership. Both...

Liberals won despite being heavily outspent in Thunder Bay-Superior North, KenoraFEDERAL ELECTION

Hyer, who left the NDP mid-term to first sit as an independent and then joined the Greens, outspent all of his rivals in the 2015...

Rookie candidate Don Rusnak wins Thunder Bay–Rainy RiverFEDERAL ELECTION

CBC.caThe lawyer and political newcomer rode the red tide that swept across Canada Monday leading to a Liberal majority government, capturing a decisive victory in...

NDP candidates slam Trudeau as Liberal Leader's plane approaches city FEDERAL ...

CBC.caTHUNDER BAY -- Only hours before Justin Trudeau landed in the city on Saturday, Thunder Bay-Rainy River NDP MP John Rafferty and Thunder Bay-Superior North...

Thunder Bay-Rainy River incumbent and NDP candidate involved in highway ...

THUNDER BAY -- John Rafferty walked away without injury from a crash that killed a bear and totalled his Jeep. The incumbent and federal NDP...

Sound bites from the Thunder Bay-Rainy River debateFEDERAL ELECTION

CBC.caJohn Rafferty, NDP. "What we need to do is have a real plan to reform the senate. ”– Don Rusnak. "I don't mind saying the...

NDP reveals regional platform, promises $1 billion for Ring of FireFEDERAL ...

Net NewsledgerFoulds and Thunder Bay-Rainy River candidate John Rafferty on Monday unveiled the NDP's Northern Ontario platform , a 16-page document that touched on national...

Economy and jobs top list of topics debated by Thunder Bay-Rainy River ...

“It amazes me to say that we can run a deficit responsible,” said Comuzzi, who finished second to incumbent NDP MP John Rafferty in the...

Thunder Bay-Rainy River candidates square off on door-to-door delivery

A day doesn't pass without about a dozen people approaching NDP incumbent John Rafferty, calling for door-to-door mail to be reinstated. Rafferty pointed out the...

Thunder Bay-Rainy River candidates weigh in on escaping recession

"I'm not surprised at anything that has happened since 2007 or 2008 but some economists will tell you we've been in recession since Stephen Harper...

Southside federal candidates make a case for their leaders following Thursday ...

THUNDER BAY – Though she acknowledged Canada is in the midst of a “fragile” global economy, Moe Comuzzi is adamant Stephen Harper emerged from the...

Candidates say regardless of when the writ drops, they're prepared for federal ...

Thunder Bay-Rainy River NDP MP John Rafferty said a longer campaign means more money, both for parties to spend but also for the cost of...

NDP Leader has no intention to re-introduce long gun registry

CBC.ca - Tbnewswatch ...Tbnewswatch.comBoth Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer and Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty argued their consitutents strongly wanted them to vote...

NDP Leader commits to building Freedom Road to Shoal Lake 40

- Tbnewswatch.com ...Tbnewswatch.comOn June 25, those leaders met Kenora's Conservative MP Greg Rickford in Shoal Lake but instead of committing to the federal share,...

Town hall meeting to be held to oppose conversion to community mailboxesLOCAL

That's concerning to MP John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River), who insists no matter how it is presented, they are still cuts. “The fact of...

Trudeau vows to fund Shoal Lake 40 roadFIRST NATIONS

Former Kenora MP and Minister of Indian Affairs,is looking to make a political comeback in October, facing incumbent Conservative Minister of Natural Resources, Greg Rickford.

Thunder Bay lawyer to run for Liberals in Thunder Bay-Rainy RiverPOLITICS

The local lawyer edged out fellow candidates Vince Riccio and Randy Boyd on Monday night to capture the party nomination in the south-side riding, which...

Rafferty slams Conservatives over FedNor spending cutsFEDNOR

CBC.ca“FedNor Minister Greg Rickford and his Conservative government have slashed economic development spending for Northern Ontario and for 2013-14 have left $8.5 million unspent,” Rafferty...

MP wants to keep his Thunder Bay seat, will seek NDP nomination in next ...

Net NewsledgerTHUNDER BAY -- John Rafferty says he has unfinished business on Parliament Hill. The two-term NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River announced Friday morning...

PC leadership hopeful Patrick Brown pledges to pay attention to Ontario's ...

SooToday.comPC leadership hopeful Patrick Brown pledges to pay attention to Ontario's NorthPOLITICS. Former NHLer Mike Gartner (right) has thrown his support behind Conservative leadership candidate...

Local politicians regard federal budget as election platform rather than ...

MP John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River) agreed the budget is more of an election platform than financial statement and said it targets areas the...

NDP make uncontested candidate choice in Thunder Bay-Superior North

The chairman of the federal NDP's Ontario caucus says he's already got a seat picked out for Andrew Foulds in the House of Commons. “Third...

Liberal party green lights third candidate in Thunder Bay-Rainy River

... a year at the prestigious Osgood Hall Law School. He'll be up against Vince Riccio and Randy Boyd. NDP incumbent John Rafferty and second-time...

Northern Development and Mines minister takes issue with NDP advisor's Ring ...

Hampton, who is widely expected to challenge Conservative Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford in this year's federal election in Kenora, said the $1 billion...

LETTER: Gun registry not on tableLETTER

In a letter to the editor published on February 26, MP Robert Sopuck (Dauphin-Swan River – Marquette), presumably in his role as Chair of the...

Petition calls on feds to scrap taxes on feminine hygiene productsCANADA

The bill, introduced by NDP MP Irene Mathyssen in October 2013, wasn't receiving much attention so Piebiak started the petition to first make people aware...

Rafferty named NDP's pension criticPARLIAMENT

“Tom Mulcair's NDP is focused on making the economy work for Canadians. Retirement security and enhancing both public and private pension plans are integral to...

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...

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...

NDP introduces 2015 child-care campaign initiative

NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River) said the plan is to work with the provinces to implement the program. The goal is to make...

Child-care pledge

NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River) said the plan is to work with the provinces to implement the program. The goal is to make...

No more surprises

Any notion that Ontario is not a conservative province can be dispelled by the 2011 federal election, Brown argued. The federal Conservatives received more than...

No more surprises: Ontario PC leadership candidate Patrick Brown

THUNDER BAY -- Patrick Brown is tired of watching from afar as provincial Progressive Conservatives squander election campaigns that are seemingly ripe for the taking.

Federal ambitions

Comuzzi-Stehmann on Wednesday announced she plans to seek the Conservative nomination in Thunder Bay-Rainy River. In 2011 she finished a distant second on the ballot...

Tyson allowed into Canada; other stars with shorter rap sheets not so lucky

... privacy laws in refusing to provide details about Tyson's entry and his U.S. publicist didn't reply to queries. NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison...

Inquiry calls renewed

“I am not sure who else besides the Conservative government doesn't want a national inquiry. First Nation leaders and the Premiers unanimously back this call...

OPINION: Canada keeps rolling along

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is surprisingly good with numbers considering he readily admits to smoking pot during his teenage years – we should probably check...

Inspiring change

Stella Ambler fully understands the challenges women face when they contemplate entering the political ring. The Conservative MP from Mississauga South is making it her...