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Rodger Cuzner, MP


Twas the week before Christmas – 2014

Posted on December 16, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner continued his Holiday tradition and delivered some Christmas cheer to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker,‘Twas the week before Christmas and Canadians were keen,
To witness a parliamentary nativity scene.

There are lots of bad actors in this political fray,
So I took up the task of casting this play.

The Prime Minister thought there may be a chance,
But said, “First let me check with the boys in short pants”.

The kids all agreed, “All our ministers are in”,
But when you look at the lineup, the talent’s quite thin.

I said, “Not to be mean or even unkind,
But I don’t think three wise men will be easy to find”.

And the gifts they would bear, frankincense, myrrh, and gold,
Will take 50 years to deliver, I’m told.

I then got an email from the PMO lads,
“We’re going to promote it with action plan ads”.

So Joseph was a carpenter, a fixer of note,
Our honourable Speaker would garner my vote.

The cranky innkeeper who showed little heart,
The government House leader might like that part.

The good shepherd should be played by a brave and strong voice,
Our Sergeant-at-Arms is the obvious choice.

But who’ll play the Saviour, God’s only son?
How ’bout someone born Christmas Day, 1971.

For more information:

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

Rodger Cuzner Congratulates Cabot Links on National Tourism Award

Posted on December 16, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – On November 28th, Rodger Cuzner recognized the achievements of Cabot Links golf course on winning a National Tourism Award by making the following statement in the House of Commons.

Ben Cowan-Dewar accepts his tourism award from a representative of TIAC along with MP Rodger Cuzner

Ben Cowan-Dewar accepts his tourism award from a representative of TIAC along with MP Rodger Cuzner

“Mr. Speaker, this week, I was pleased to attend the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s annual awards night, where three organizations from my riding received nominations, including Cabot Links golf course, the Fortress of Louisbourg, and the Celtic Heart of North America marketing group.

Congratulations to Cabot Links for winning the Visa Canada Traveller Experience of the Year  Award. Cabot Links is recognized as one of Canada’s top golf courses and is ranked as the  82nd-best golf course in the world by Golf Digest magazine. Cabot Links runs along the breathtaking shoreline of Cape Breton and provides golfers with a true links experience, with  panoramic views, fabulous accommodations, and a five-star menu.

To the incredible Ben Cowan-Dewar, his wife Allie, and their staff of almost 200, congratulations on this prestigious national award. Congratulations as well to the people of Inverness, and particularly to those members of the Inverness Development Association whose vision and determination were the impetus for this world-class project.”

For more information:

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

Conservatives fight to deny sick mothers what they rightfully deserve while quietly paying others

Posted on December 9, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Liberal Employment & Social Development critic, says he is appalled that the Conservative government continues to fight thousands of mothers who were wrongfully denied sickness benefits since 2002 even after quietly settling with some last year.

I am saddened that sick mothers were for over a decade denied what was the promise of parliament in 2002. I am equally angered that this government knows this yet continues to fight to deny those same mothers the benefits they legitimately had a right to receive.” said Cuzner.

In 2011 a mother battling cancer, Natalya Rougas, fought the government in court and won her right to access Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits while on parental leave that she argued was allowed since a change in the EI law in 2002. A year later, another mother battling cancer, Jane Kittmer, fought and won the same argument and right.

The justices who granted the women’s appeals said the EI amendments made in 2002 concerning sickness benefits were not being interpreted in the way in which parliamentarians had intended. The 2002 amendments were supposed to make sickness benefits available to women who become ill immediately before, during or after receiving parental benefits; however, the legislation had been misinterpreted by EI officials, and mothers continued to be refused sickness benefits. The government was told to either interpret the legislation as it was intended or clarify it.

In 2013 the government decided to clarify the law concerning how women can access EI sickness benefits while on EI parental leave. They misleadingly said at the time this was a new benefit; not allowed under the old legislation. However this was not only in complete denial of the two court decisions, but also in contradiction to their own actions. It is now known that the government quietly settled with hundreds of women last year who had appealed their sickness benefits under the old legislation.

How can the government claim the 2002 amendments didn’t allow mothers on parental leave access to sickness benefits when not only two court decisions in 2011 and 2012 said it did, but their own actions of settling with all active appeals in 2013 disproves that claim,” Cuzner said.

For more information:
Joël Bowen, Legislative Assistant
Phone: 613-992-6756

Cuzner Calls on Minister Fantino to Resign

Posted on December 2, 2014 | No Comments

DOMINION, NS – Cape Breton-Canso M.P. Rodger Cuzner raised the issue of the mistreatment of Veterans in the House of Commons today. Mr. Cuzner asked the […]

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Conservative’s Inaction Plan on Poverty failing Children

Posted on November 24, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – In a country as wealthy and prosperous as Canada to have 1.3 million children living in poverty, by any measure, is a national disgrace […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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