Rafferty wins nod

John Rafferty won the NDP nomination for the new federal riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River after the third and final voting session was held last night in Thunder Bay.
Rafferty, a small business owner and former radio host in Thunder Bay, defeated former Fort Frances councillor Larry Richardson.
The riding association is not releasing any details of the vote, including Rafferty’s margin of victory or the number of ballots cast.
“The NDP is the party of tolerance and compassion,” Rafferty said. “More than ever, we need these values, not only in the north, but across Canada.
“These values just haven’t been a part of the Liberals’ way of governing,” he charged.
The NDP held three nomination meetings across the new riding this week, with the first in Fort Frances on Tuesday night and the second in Atikokan on Wednesday.
At Tuesday night’s meeting here, Rafferty had stressed the importance of families in his approach to politics.
“Is this action, or is this decision, good for families? If the answer is no, then it’s not good for the people of Thunder Bay-Rainy River and it’s not good for the people of Canada,” he said.
“Politics is about people.”
Rafferty had carried the NDP banner in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding in the 2000 federal election, where he came in third with 19.5 percent of the vote.
He then ran in the provincial election last fall, where he lost to Liberal Bill Mauro after garnering 21.6 percent of the popular vote.
Rafferty will face Liberal candidate Ken Boshcoff, Conservative David Leskowski, and Green Party nominee Russ Aegard in the next federal election.
Richardson served eight years on town council here in the 1960s and once ran unsuccessfully for a seat at Queen’s Park.