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Rodger Cuzner

Cape Breton--Canso

On November 27, 2000 Rodger Cuzner was elected to represent the people of Bras d’Or-Cape Breton as their Member of Parliament under the Jean Chretien Liberal government.

During his first two years in the House of Commons, Mr. Cuzner was a very active Member, serving on the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage, Indian and Northern Affairs, Finance, Procedure and House Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Mr. Cuzner’s dedication and hard work was recognized in 2003 by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. On January 27, Rodger was sworn in as the Parliamentary Secretary to the former Prime Minister.

Rodger was re-elected in June 2004 to the 38th Parliament as the Member of Parliament for the newly expanded riding of Cape Breton-Canso. He was the unanimous selection of his colleagues to serve as chair of Atlantic Caucus.

January 23rd, 2006 saw the re-election of Mr. Cuzner to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament of Cape Breton-Canso for the third time. He was appointed as Associate Opposition Critic for Sport and Opposition Critic for Veterans’ Affairs. Rodger has remained active on parliamentary committees such as Veterans’ Affairs and Fisheries and Oceans.

On October 14th, 2008, Rodger was re-elected for his fourth consecutive term, to the 40th Parliament. He was appointed Chief Whip of the Official Opposition and served in that role until September of 2010, when he was appointed Official Opposition Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Rodger was re-elected for the fifth time on May 2, 2011 and currently serves as the Liberal Critic for Human Resources & Skills Development and Labour.

Rodger received his high school education at Glace Bay High and then went on to study physical education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Mr. Cuzner has worked as the Special Event Coordinator for the Cape Breton Department of Recreation, Culture and Facilities. He was responsible for major events like the Millennium Countdown 2000. Mr. Cuzner also worked as Athletic Coordinator for the City of Fort McMurray Alberta. In addition, he was a sports columnist with Fort McMurray Today and a commentator for CJOK Radio Station.

Throughout his life, he has demonstrated his commitment to hockey and to ensuring that Canadians are given the opportunity to succeed at our national sport. He coached Team Nova
Scotia at the Canada Games in 1995 and 1999. He is the founding member of the Cape Breton Sport Heritage Awards Committee.

Rodger, a native of Glace Bay, is the second of six children born to Truman and Kay Cuzner. He and his wife Lynn (nee Hopkins) have three children: Mitch, Scott and Brad.

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Rodger Cuzner in the news

  1. Liberal statement on National Day of Mourning

    April 28, 2014

    OTTAWA – Liberal Employment, Social Development, and Labour Critic, Rodger Cuzner, today issued the following statement on the National Day of Mourning: “Each year, we take […]  More »

  2. Liberals Welcome Support for Canada’s Career Colleges

    February 7, 2014

    OTTAWA – Liberal Employment, Social Development, and Labour Critic, Rodger Cuzner, issued the following statement today on the announcement of new federal funding for the National […]  More »

  3. Liberal Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    December 3, 2013

    OTTAWA– The Liberal Employment, Social Development, and Labour Critic, Rodger Cuzner, issued the following statement today on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: “Today marks […]  More »

  4. Liberal Statement on National Day of Mourning

    April 28, 2013

    GLACE BAY, NS– Liberal Human Resources and Skills Development and Labour critic Rodger Cuzner made the following statement today on the National Day of Mourning:   […]  More »

  5. Conservatives continue to shirk Canadians’ questions in Parliament

    April 24, 2013

    In Question Period on Tuesday, I rose and asked the Minister of Justice an important question. The answer from the Conservative Parliamentary Secretary was nothing short of a non-answer; instead, he used the opportunity to promote his party’s ‘dumb on crime’ agenda while ignoring a serious question about justice and public safety. Simply put, the Conservatives put politics ahead of honesty and substance.  More »

Contact information

In Ottawa:
House of Commons
Ottawa (ON) K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 992-6756
Fax: (613) 992-4053

In Cape Breton--Canso:
78 Commercial Street, Suite G & E
Dominion (NS) B1G 1B4
Phone: (902) 842-9763
Fax: (902) 842-9025

428 Main Street
Mulgrave (NS) B0E 2G0

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