Rodger Cuzner

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Rodger T. Cuzner
MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour
Assumed office
December 2, 2015
Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk
Patty Hajdu
Preceded by Scott Armstrong
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cape Breton—Canso
Bras d'Or—Cape Breton (2000-2004)
Assumed office
November 27, 2000
Preceded by Michelle Dockrill
Personal details
Born ( 1955-11-04) November 4, 1955 (age 61)
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Lynn Cuzner
Residence Glace Bay
Profession event organizer

Rodger T. Cuzner, MP, (born November 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who has been the member of parliament in the Canadian House of Commons as the representative for the riding Cape Breton—Canso or its predecessors since 2000. For most of 2003, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister under Jean Chrétien.

Early life and education[edit]

Cuzner was born the second of six children born to Truman and Kay Cuzner in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He studied physical education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He worked as the Special Event Coordinator for the Cape Breton Department of Recreation, Culture and Facilities, where he was responsible for major events like the Millennium Countdown 2000. Cuzner has been very involved with hockey throughout his life. He coached Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in 1995 and 1999.

Political career[edit]

He is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Cape Breton—Canso. He was first elected in 2000.[1] Cuzner served as parliamentary secretary to former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from January 13, 2003 to December 11, 2003 and has held other key positions within the Liberal Caucus, including chair of Nova Scotia Caucus, chair of Atlantic Caucus, and Chief Opposition Whip. He currently serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.[2]

Cuzner represents the Liberal Party on the weekly MP panel on CTV News Channel's Power Play, with host Don Martin, and he is regularly asked to appear on other national political affairs programs, on television and radio.

Cuzner traditionally delivers a humorous, politically-themed rewrite of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" on the last house sitting before the holiday break.[3]

On December 2, 2015, Cuzner was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Lynn (née Hopkins) have three children: Mitch, Scott and Brad.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Cape Breton—Canso
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 32,163 74.39 +30.29
Conservative Adam Daniel Rodgers 6,246 14.45 –18.17
New Democratic Michelle Smith 3,547 8.20 –11.85
Green Maria Goretti Coady 1,281 2.96 –0.28
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,237 100.0     $204,662.05
Total rejected ballots 274 0.63 –0.31
Turnout 43,511 71.72 +9.25
Eligible voters 60,666
Liberal hold Swing +24.23
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Cape Breton—Canso
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 16,478 46.45 -1.65 $63,928.72
Conservative Clarence Derrick Kennedy 10,873 30.65 +7.15 $75,474.80
New Democratic Marney Simmons 6,984 19.69 -1.43 $2,528.46
Green Glen Carabin 1,141 3.22 -4.06 $346.95
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,476 100.0     $83,274.40
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 336 0.94 +0.14
Turnout 35,812 62.47 -0.84
Eligible voters 57,331
Liberal hold Swing -4.40
Sources:[7][8]
Canadian federal election, 2008: Cape Breton—Canso
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 17,447 48.10 -5.09 $35,405.44
Conservative Allan Murphy 8,524 23.50 -0.68 $51,511.90
New Democratic Mark MacNeill 7,660 21.12 +0.98 $6,483.40
Green Dwayne MacEachern 2,641 7.28 +4.78 $5,315.05
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,272 100.0     $80,776
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 292 0.80 +0.09
Turnout 36,564 63.31 -3.21
Eligible voters 57,753
Liberal hold Swing -2.20
Canadian federal election, 2006: Cape Breton—Canso
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 21,424 53.19 -0.07 $62,038.40
Conservative Kenzie MacNeil 9,740 24.18 +3.94 $47,590.43
New Democratic Hector Morrison 8,111 20.14 -4.18 $7,662.93
Green Rob Hines 1,006 2.50 +0.33 $323.17
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,281 100.0     $76,321
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 288 0.71 -0.24
Turnout 40,569 66.52 +2.72
Eligible voters 60,984
Liberal hold Swing -2.00
Canadian federal election, 2004: Cape Breton—Canso
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 20,139 53.26 -0.33 $63,078.17
New Democratic Shirley Hartery 9,197 24.32 +5.44 $21,160.51
Conservative Kenzie MacNeil 7,654 20.24 -7.19 $49,919.36
Green Seumas Gibson 820 2.17 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,810 100.0     $73,856
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 361 0.95
Turnout 38,171 63.80 -3.38
Eligible voters 59,825
Liberal notional hold Swing -2.88
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Bras d'Or–Cape Breton
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 20,815 54.85 +16.41
Progressive Conservative Alfie MacLeod 8,114 21.38 +1.12
New Democratic Michelle Dockrill 7,537 19.86 -21.44
Alliance John Currie 1,483 3.91
Total valid votes 37,949 100.00
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +18.93

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