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Rodger Cuzner, MP


Congratulatory Message for Mr. Leo Cox

Posted on November 14, 2014 | No Comments

On behalf of the Constituents of Cape Breton – Canso, I would like to offer my warmest regards to Mr. Leo Cox on his recent induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Leo Cox has lived his life by the founding principles of extension – working alongside people, supporting them in taking leadership roles and improving their lives through education.

The agricultural industry in Cape Breton has been shaped by many developments initiated by Leo, including co-operative trucking of livestock and purchasing of machinery, ongoing development of fur and blueberry industries and organizing woodlot owners into a co-operative group. Leo has also exhibited a commitment to the youth of this area with his strong support of 4H clubs. Leo’s leadership in the agriculture industry was recognized with his Honourary Lifetime Membership into the Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture. In 2006 he also received the award for Life-Long Contribution to Farming and Rural Life in Inverness County.

Mr. Cox`s commitment to the region has built a legacy that future generations will certainly benefit.  Again, thank you and congratulations.

Rodger Cuzner, M.P.
Cape Breton – Canso

Cuzner raises MV Miner issue during Question Period

Posted on November 6, 2014 | No Comments

DOMINION, NS – Cape Breton-Canso M.P. Rodger Cuzner raised the issue of the grounded vessel MV Miner during Question Period today in the House of Commons.

Mr. Cuzner asked the following question of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans:

“Mr. Speaker, This government has said they would only help with the cleanup of the MV Miner should the hulking wreck on Scatari Island present a navigational or environmental threat.  Two years ago, the Minister presented the province of Nova Scotia with a baseline assessment of 6.6 tonnes of asbestos and no fuel on board.  The reality is they have already taken off 30 tonnes of asbestos and are aware of a significant amount of fuel still on board.  The government signed off on towing permits and approvals.  Does the government now understand its responsibility to assist?”

The Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, responded:

“Mr. Speaker, the Province of Nova Scotia is leading this operation.  Immediately following the incident, the coast guard acted decisively to protect the marine environment by removing the majority of the diesel and oily water from the vessel. Due to the position of the vessel at the time, some fuel was not accessible until deconstruction permitted access to confined spaces.  It was necessary to monitor the situation until the salvage was carried out. The coast guard stands ready to assist the Province of Nova Scotia. ”


For more information:

Kristopher Kolanko
Communications Director
Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)

Conservative Approach to Poverty – No Plan, not a Priority

Posted on November 4, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Liberal Employment and Social Development critic Rodger Cuzner made the following statement regarding Food Bank Canada’s HungerCount 2014 Report released today:

“Fighting hunger and poverty first requires making it a priority and creating a plan. Unfortunately reports like this highlight the consequences of the federal government choosing to do neither.”

The Report highlights the fact that five years after the end of the recession almost 850,000 Canadians, including over 300,000 children, still need a food bank. One of the causes it notes is the fact that too many Canadians are stuck in part-time, temporary, low paying jobs. That means low incomes if you are lucky enough to be employed and the increased likelihood of not being able to access EI if you become unemployed.

Since the Harper Government took power, the number of Canadians working for minimum wage has risen by 66%, from 607,000 in 2006 to 1,007,000 by the end of 2013. According to the Report, a person making minimum wage only has $335 of “breathing room” after a full year of work. “This government likes to talk about creating jobs – but the truth is many are low-quality jobs that are responsible for driving more and more Canadians to use food banks,” said Cuzner.

Conservative policy decisions are not helping. Access to federal support programs for the unemployed has either been restricted or removed completely. Currently, less than 38% of unemployed Canadians can access EI benefits; the lowest rate in almost 70 years. At the same time the Conservatives have eliminated $300 million for provincial job skills training programs that help vulnerable unemployed Canadians get the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to qualify for better paying jobs which is something the Report says is needed.

“When you see a 66% rise in minimum wage jobs since this government took power, coupled with the fact that access to EI is now at a near 70 year low, it is not hard to understand why so many people need the food bank to get by,” said Cuzner.


Joël Bowen, Legislative Assistant
Office of Rodger Cuzner, MP
Phone: 613-992-6756

Rodger’s statement on the death of Hugh Alan ‘Buddy’ MacMaster

Posted on August 21, 2014 | No Comments

Like many Cape Bretoners and legions of music fans around the world, I was sad to hear of the passing of Hugh Alan `Buddy` MacMaster.  Cape […]

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Conservatives breaking covenant with veterans

Posted on August 13, 2014 | No Comments

To the editor, This is in response to the story in which Tom Kennedy expressed his frustration with volunteers having to fill the gap in services […]

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Conservatives Have no Plan for Parks Canada

Posted on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

Dominion, NS – The Liberal Critic for the Environment John McKay joins M.P.`s Rodger Cuzner and Mark Eyking in Cape Breton on Thursday to address a […]

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Conservatives Use the Back Door to Pass Another Anti-labour Bill

Posted on April 10, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Liberal Labour critic, says the passing of the latest Conservative ant-labour Private Members Bill, C-525, is not only an abuse of the […]

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Government failed Canada Student Loan data breach victims

Posted on March 25, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA –Rodger Cuzner, Liberal critic for Employment & Social Development, made the following comment of the interim Privacy Commissioner’s report on the student loan data breach: […]

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Conservatives need to address legitimate concerns over scrapping ECBC

Posted on March 24, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, asked the following question in the House of Commons today regarding the Conservatives announcement last week […]

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Cuzner Reacts to the Announcement of the Decommissioning of ECBC

Posted on March 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dominion, NS- ECBC has played a vital role in the economic development of Cape Breton Island and the Mulgrave Area. Not only in funding commercial and community […]

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Rodger Cuzner: A Strong Voice for Cape Breton-Canso

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Communications Director
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