John Rafferty (Canadian politician)

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John Rafferty
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Ken Boshcoff
Personal details
Born (1953-07-03) July 3, 1953 (age 60)
Wingham, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Pamela Cain
Profession instructor, teacher, small business owner

John Rafferty (born July 3, 1953 in Wingham, Ontario) is a Canadian politician, who was first elected to represent the electoral district of Thunder Bay—Rainy River in the 2008 Canadian federal election. He is a member of the New Democratic Party.

Rafferty was previously the party's candidate in Thunder Bay—Superior North for the 2000 federal election, in Thunder Bay—Rainy River for the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, and in Thunder Bay—Atikokan in the 2003 and 2007 provincial elections. Provincially, he lost to incumbent MPP Bill Mauro by a margin of just 50 votes in 2007.

Rafferty worked as a radio broadcaster for CKPR in Thunder Bay before leaving to pursue his first election campaign. He subsequently launched his own business producing voiceovers for educational and training videos.

Rafferty has introduced one piece of legislation: the National Strategy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Act. He first introduced it on September 30, 2010, in the third session of the 40th Parliament as a private member's bill. He re-introduced it in June 2011, during the first session of the 41st Parliament.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
New Democratic John Rafferty 18,039 48.1 +7.8
Conservative Moe Comuzzi-Stehmann 10,096 27.2 +3.6
Liberal Ken Boshcoff 8,066 21.7 -10.6
Green Ed Shields 909 2.4 -1.4
Total valid votes 37,110
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
New Democratic John Rafferty 14,473 40.3 +6.9
Liberal Ken Boshcoff 11,589 32.3 -2.8
Conservative Richard Neumann 8,466 23.6 -3.6
Green Russ Aegard 1,377 3.8 +0.7
Total valid votes 35,905
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Mauro 10,913 37.7 -20.55
New Democratic John Rafferty 10,877 37.5 +15.88
Progressive Conservative Rebecca Johnson 5,914 20.4 +2.78
Green Russ Aegard 1,271 4.4 +1.89
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Ken Boshcoff 13,525 35.1%
New Democratic John Rafferty 12,862 33.4%
Conservative David Leskowski 10,485 27.2%
Green Russ Aegard 1,189 3.1%
Marijuana Doug MacKay 424 1.1%
Total valid votes 38,485
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Ken Boshcoff 14,290
New Democratic John Rafferty 10,781
Conservative David Leskowski 9,559
Green Russ Aegard 856
Marijuana Doug Thompson 547
Christian Heritage Johannes Scheibler 267
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bill Mauro 17735 58.25 -5.78
New Democratic John Rafferty 6582 21.62 4.86
Progressive Conservative Brian McKinnon 5365 17.62 -1.59
Green Kristin Boyer 762 2.5
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joe Comuzzi 15,241
Alliance Doug Pantry 6,278
New Democratic John Rafferty 6,169
Progressive Conservative Richard Neumann 2,753
Green Carl Rose 648
Marijuana Denis A. Carrière 581

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