Don Rusnak

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Don Rusnak

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services
Assumed office
September 19, 2017
MinisterJane Philpott
Preceded byportfolio established
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJohn Rafferty
Personal details
Born (1975-10-05) October 5, 1975 (age 43)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Alma materRobson Hall
Lakehead University

Don Rusnak MP (born October 5, 1975) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Thunder Bay—Rainy River in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1]


Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Rusnak has deep roots in Thunder Bay–Rainy River, and as the son of Ukrainian and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) parents. He is currently the only First Nation MP elected in the province of Ontario.


Rusnak studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University. In 2001, Rusnak attended the University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, and during his final year, attended Osgoode Hall Law School to study in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.

Career prior to election[edit]

Rusnak has extensive professional experience drawing from his work in the forestry industry, public sector, and from his own legal practice. While working with Manitoba Health, Rusnak helped to improve the delivery of healthcare services for Northern Manitobans, and as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, he prosecuted criminal and regulatory offences. Rusnak served as the interim Executive Director for Grand Council Treaty #3 in Kenora.

Rusnak has volunteered his time with many organizations, such as the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative – a group which improves elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians through the implementation of specific programs and the application of appropriate research.

Political roles[edit]

  • Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Standing Joint Committee of the Library of Parliament
  • Chair of the Indigenous Caucus
  • Director-at-Large Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Don Rusnak 18,523 44.1 +22.4
New Democratic John Rafferty 12,439 29.6 -19.1
Conservative Moe Comuzzi 8,876 21.1 -6.1
Green Christy Radbourne 2,201 5.2 +2.8
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $233,030.77
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 42,039 67.6 +7.5
Eligible voters 62,207
Source: Elections Canada[2][3]


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