THUNDER BAY – John Rafferty has passed away. The former MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River fought a battle against cancer that took him on June 30 2019.
John Rafferty brought his political skill to bear in Ottawa with a depth of caring and concern that set a standard for others to follow. He was a tireless door-knocker in his political campaigns, which allowed him to talk directly with the people.
John was slated to represent the Ontario New Democratic Party in the 2018 provincial election campaign, but withdrew in January 2018, due to ill health.
John 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 was born in Wingham, Ontario. He 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.
John’s local office served the people of the riding with the same care and compassion that marked John’s political career.
John was always open to discussion and listening.
His voice and compassion will be missed.