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Constituents back Rafferty’s vote

Local MP John Rafferty was pleased Bill C-19, which abolished the long-gun registry, was passed in the House of Commons last week and that he voted in support of it on behalf of his constituents.

“I know it was an issue that was important to a lot of my constituents,” he remarked, stressing he was against the long-gun registry and had vowed to vote to abolish it if I was elected.

Feds support tourism development for Stanjikoming

The federal government is investing $28,000 to assist Stanjikoming First Nation in exploring the development of a tourism operation.

“The Government of Canada is proud to work with aboriginal partners on projects that create economic development opportunities and build community capacity,” Tony Clement, the minister responsible for FedNor, said Monday.

Hyer calling for passport fees cut

Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer has introduced legislation calling on the federal government to negotiate a joint reduction in passport fees with the United States in order to boost tourism between the two countries.

“Cutting passport fees would encourage tourism in Canada from the United States, and would make it easier for Canadians to travel,” Hyer reasoned.