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.
In the days following the passage of Bill C-19, Rafferty said he received almost 70 e-mails from riding residents in support of his decision and about half-a-dozen who were not.
“A pretty large percentage of people who took the time to write me are pleased with what I did,” he noted.
“The numbers reflect the result of my poll that I did within the riding, so it’s pretty consistent.”
Following his election in the fall of 2008, to ensure that he was, in fact, speaking for a majority of his constituents, Rafferty sent out a survey to more than 38,000 households and asked whether recipients wanted the long-gun registry scrapped or preserved.
More than 96 percent of respondents indicated they wanted it abolished.
Rafferty and fellow NDP MP Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North), who also sided with the Conservative government, received support from Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell.
“Both John and Bruce have respected the wishes of their constituents, which is the primary job of each elected official,” Campbell said in a press release issue last week.
“I commend them showing such strong leadership in taking this position.”
The pair had sanctions imposed on them by interim party leader Nycole Turmel for voting against party lines.
“I’m pleased that we won’t have to deal with the long-gun registry anymore in the House of Commons really because there’s so many other things we need to be talking about,” said Rafferty.
He cited protecting public and private pensions and the Old Age Security (OAS) program, preventing snooping and unnecessary intrusions on our privacy by the federal government and corporations, and many more issues.
Rafferty is holding constituency clinics across the district this week for residents to drop by and discuss these and other issues, including in:
- Rainy River—Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. (Rainy River Legion);
- Emo—Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. (Emo Legion);
- Fort Frances—Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. (location TBA); and
- Atikokan—Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. (location TBA).