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Noront appoints new directors

Rickford was Kenora's Conservative MP for seven years before being defeated in last election by Liberal Bob Nault. A practicing lawyer and advisor, Rickford specializes...

Early election unlikely: expert

Last month, former Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty announced plans to run for the NDP provincially to challenge current Liberal MPP Bill Mauro in the...

Wynne misreads political reality

Then, before the election, key Conservative stars like John Baird suddenly resigned. Funny that. In an end-of-year interview this month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne declared...

Angus backed for top job

John Rafferty, the former NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, welcomed the idea of Angus running. “It would be great if Charlie ran,” he told...

Northern MPs battle over broadband funding

The North Bay NuggetNDP MP for Timmins-James Bay Charlie Angus is claiming the federal government is turning its back on broadband investments in the North.

Nation parties

A private member's bill by ailing MP Mauril Belanger is currently waiting approval in the Senate. Last month, Bill C-210 passed in the House of...

$100K-plus on public purse

The hospital's executive vice-president Stewart Kennedy also topped the list with a salary of $235,199. While it wasn't included in ... Premier Kathleen Wynne received...

Campaign winners don't always spend most

NDP candidate Andrew Foulds' campaign was the next big spender in the riding with a total of $119,946, which resulted in a second-place election finish.

Report on Via Rail troubling

NDP MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Carol Hughes said there's no need to panic. “This is a report, not an action plan,” she said. Still, Hughes said...

Election poll breakdown released

In Fort Frances, the NDP's John Rafferty, then the incumbent, won the majority of polling stations despite eventually losing the seat to rookie Liberal MP...

NDP puts gov't on broadband hot seat

The federal NDP wants the Liberal government to restore funding to FedNor and move forward with applications to improve broadband infrastructure in the North. Timmins-James...

FedNor needs a Northerner

Bains' FedNor predecessor was former Kenora Conservative MP Greg Rickford. Like Bains, Rickford also held a more senior portfolio - Natural Resources - which required...

Day 1 goes to Ambrose

Toronto StarAs she sat down, veteran Liberal Ralph Goodale, the minister of public safety, turned to give her thumbs up — a jolt of confidence...

Northern caucus meets

That project, which includes a new hockey rink, was turned down by the previous Conservative government. Hajdu urged Northern ... Ontario infrastructure projects. Under the...

Trudeau must set example on refugee file

Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, a past nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, is among the prominent Liberals who believe Canada's current combat role...

Hajdu given Status of Women portfolio in Trudeau's cabinet

NDP MP Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing) who managed to hold onto her seat last month despite the national Liberal wave, said Hajdu is well-qualified for her...

Good to know Mulcair remains

But, as noted by this area's NDP MP Carol Hughes, another one of the party's 44 members who managed to survive the Liberal wave, those...

Liberal comeback

In Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, NDP MP Carol Hughes was poised to hang on to her seat by press time, but was given a run for her money...

NDP unveils plan for Northern Ontario

The NDP have released their Northern Ontario-specific platform for the federal election and it includes $1 billion for the Ring of Fire and making FedNor...

Highway safety taken seriously

From left, Conservative candidate Moe Comuzzi, Liberal candidate Don Rusnak, NDP incumbent John Rafferty and Green Party candidate Christy Radbourne participate in a debate for...

Chief demands fix date for water

CBC.caKenora Conservative incumbent Greg Rickford released the following statement on First Nations drinking water from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt. “Our Government has taken concrete...

Tweets, likes offer no certain win

NDP candidate Andrew Foulds came second in terms of tweets at 1,918, but had the lowest number of followers at 733. In Thunder Bay-Rainy River,...

Gas price stirs opinions

NDP candidate John Rafferty suggested bringing in an appointed federal gas ombudsman to work with a provincial counterpart. He said they would work together to...

Project aiming to prevent bad water quality

Conservative Kenora incumbent Greg Rickford and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day congratulated the organization (a tribal council serving six First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario)...

Yelich loses Tory nomination in new riding

Ottawa CitizenSome just decamped for the new rural ridings, including Kelly Block and Tom Lukiwski, who is running in the riding that encompasses the rural...

Senate passes Lake Superior conservation bill

I helped to introduce this idea in 1980 and have stayed on it through many stages in my life. I want to thank all parties...

Hyer defends missing vote

“This legislation would help people in his riding,” said NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River). “If Mr. Hyer had a legitimate reason for missing...

First Nations leaders welcome recommendations

Thunder Bay-Rainy River NDP MP John Rafferty, who hasn't had a chance to see the whole 360-page report, said he didn't think action on this...

Learning to do the math on climate change

Liberal MP John McKay asked Mr. Martin what that figure would be in megatonnes, which is the standard unit of measurement of a country's greenhouse...

Rafferty, Rickford spar over FedNor

Rafferty claims that a Conservative government decision to cut spending at FedNor is punishing the economy of Northern Ontario and hurting growth in the region.

Comments on the RCMP and the destruction of firearms data

Toronto StarOTTAWA — The Harper government has put measures into its latest budget bill that would retroactively change the law to put data from the...

Parliamentarians must give RCMP gun registry destruction a full airing: NDP

NDP MP Charmaine Borg's motion for the ethics committee requests that the Justice Department produce "all of its documents relating to this case" and that...

Rafferty has more to do

Although he admits it is a bit of a cliché, Rafferty said he has unfinished business. He said he's particularly excited about this election following...

First Nations short-changed with firefighting cash: MP

The amount of money the federal government sets aside each year for First Nation firefighting equipment and prevention programs is spread way too thin, says...

Make a plan before you die

While the ruling gives the Conservative government difficult choices as it heads toward an election expected in the fall, the court suspended its ruling for...

CBC finds hope in Tom Mulcair

Some of those losses will be felt in Northern Ontario, as Sudbury NDP MP Claude Gravelle pointed out this week. Munro, who retired from writing...

Ottawa treats TBay badly

THE timing is atrocious, the rationale impossible and the decision unacceptable. The federal government's effective refusal to fund a share of Thunder Bay's proposed event...

BREAKING: Federal funding rules appear to end event centre plan

Lebel's letter was copied to Greg Rickford, the Conservative government's Northwest regional MP and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative. Rickford did not attend...

Event centre losing steam?

With three cabinet ministers, Ontario Liberals Gravelle and Bill Mauro, and regional Conservative MP Greg Rickford on board, this project ought to be moving along.

Event centre push is on

Conservative MP Greg Rickford (Kenora), and local Liberal MPPs Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro, all cabinet ministers, were identified as the point people for their...

Sorry's too easy; change essential

Apologies issued this week by two Oklahoma University students caught on video leading a bus-load of fellow fraternity members in a racist chant were a...

The case for Mulcair as prime minister

I wish the NDP and Liberals would get their act together as NDP MP Nathan Cullen wished, otherwise the centre left is split. Trudeau has...

Hyer rejects 'watered down' MP bill

... voters that MPs had become ineffective and had lost their influence in Parliament. Tory MP Greg Rickford (Kenora) NDP MP John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy...

Good ideas often ignored

EVEN as it continues to ignore many cost-saving ideas from its last economic adviser, Ontario's Liberal government has hired another one, this time to help...

NDP sets out child care plan

MP John Rafferty (NDP-Thunder Bay-Rainy River) visits children in Waldorf pre-school care at Hyde Park School. The party announced its plan for affordable child care...

Ottawa conent to fiddle while climate ruins forest

No doubt the double entendre was unintended. However, when a bill calling for a National Fiddling Day is introduced late the same afternoon as a...

Fantino's veterans plan much like a leaking boat

A great article in the CJ Thursday, Conservatives to Overhaul Veterans' Benefits AGAIN (my emphasis). It appears that there are too many holes in Veterans...