Rodger T. Cuzner
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour|
|Assumed office |
December 2, 2015
|Preceded by||Scott Armstrong|
|Chief Opposition Whip|
November 5, 2008 – September 9, 2010
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister|
January 13, 2003 – December 11, 2003
|Prime Minister||Jean Chretien|
|Preceded by||Joe Jordan|
|Member of Parliament|
for Cape Breton—Canso
Bras d'Or—Cape Breton (2000-2004)
|Assumed office |
November 27, 2000
|Preceded by||Michelle Dockrill|
|Born||November 4, 1955|
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Rodger T. Cuzner MP (born November 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician, who has been the Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada 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. He is currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour in the Trudeau government.
Early life and education
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.
He is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Cape Breton—Canso. He was first elected in 2000. 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 Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
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 was re-elected to a 6th straight term with 74.4% of the vote in the 2015 Canadian federal election. On December 2, 2015, Cuzner was named Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
He and his wife Lynn (née Hopkins) have three children: Mitch, Scott and Brad.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Cape Breton—Canso|
|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|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Cape Breton—Canso|
|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|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||35,476||100.0||$83,274.40|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||336||0.94||+0.14|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Cape Breton—Canso|
|New Democratic||Mark MacNeill||7,660||21.12||+0.98||$6,483.40|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||36,272||100.0||$80,776|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||292||0.80||+0.09|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Cape Breton—Canso|
|New Democratic||Hector Morrison||8,111||20.14||-4.18||$7,662.93|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||40,281||100.0||$76,321|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||288||0.71||-0.24|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Cape Breton—Canso|
|New Democratic||Shirley Hartery||9,197||24.32||+5.44||$21,160.51|
|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|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative||Alfie MacLeod||8,114||21.38||+1.12|
|New Democratic||Michelle Dockrill||7,537||19.86||-21.44|
|Total valid votes||37,949||100.00|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+18.93|
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