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Former Nickel Belt MP passes away

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The northern politician who represented Nickel Belt for years as an MP has died.  John Rodriguez was 80.   The New Democrat first won the riding in 1972, lost it in 1980 but recaptured Nickel Belt in 1984.  When he lost to Liberal Ray Bonin in 1993, Rodriguez’s time as a federal politician ended.  However in 2006 he ran for mayor of Sudbury and won.  Nickel Belt is now under Liberal Marc Serre and he says Rodriguez was a passionate man who served the interest of the people.  Heart problems were an issue for Rodriguez who underwent heart surgery in 2015.

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