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Rodger Cuzner, MP


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 Breton is the heart of Celtic music in Canada and Buddy was its soul. His music made your feet move and your heart sing. It is impossible to quantify the influence Buddy MacMaster has had on Cape Breton music and culture because it is immeasurable. I know his legacy will live on, not only through his family, but in those who considered him a mentor and role model.  

On behalf of myself and all the residents of Cape Breton-Canso, I offer my deepest condolences to the MacMaster family, the friends who knew him best, and the fans he touched through his music. 

I believe it’s safe to say there’s one heck of a ceilidh going on in Heaven tonight.

Rodger Cuzner, M.P.

Cape Breton – Canso

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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 lost with the closing of Veterans Affairs offices in Cape Breton and across the country (‘Step forward for the veterans,’ Aug. 8).

The government has a fundamental responsibility and sacred obligation to care for the men and women who, by serving Canada as members of our Canadian Armed Forces, are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and who accept unlimited liability while they serve.

We owe each of them a debt, but the Conservatives are not holding up their end of the bargain to provide effective and accessible services.

The Conservative government did not make veterans a priority when they closed nine regional Veterans Affairs offices last fall. Nothing makes this clearer than the Aug. 8 story about members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 3 in Glace Bay working hard to fill the void left by disastrous Conservative decision-making.

Worse still, these closures, at the expense of veterans, seem to have only facilitated the opening and expanding of offices for ministers and their staff, as well as paying for expensive and unnecessary ads.

These closings, paired with the laying off of 781 employees (22 per cent of the Veterans Affairs workforce) means that many veterans, including those who require in-person support with caseworkers, have limited options.

The current ratio of 40 cases to each caseworker isn’t working, especially here where veterans are being forced to travel hours outside of their communities to receive face-to-face services, or to rely on the kindness of the volunteers at the Glace Bay legion.

These legion members are doing incredible work, and their continued service is a testament to their dedication to Canada and their fellow veterans, but they should not be held responsible for the work that Veterans Affairs Canada should and must be doing in the community.

The Liberal party will ensure, whether in Cape Breton or anywhere across Canada, veterans will have the services they deserve.

Liberals recognize the sacred obligation we owe to those who have served and their families. When we send a member of the Canadian Armed Forces into harm’s way, we do so with a social covenant in place which ensures that member and their family that we will take care of their needs upon their return. Each and every one deserves the very best care and support on behalf of a grateful nation.

Our leader, Justin Trudeau, has called on the Conservative government to reverse the decision to close Veterans Affairs offices across the country, and we are committed to reopening these offices should the Liberal Party of Canada form a government after the next election.

One hundred years ago, when Canadians went off to fight in the First World War, Conservative prime minister Robert Borden promised returning veterans that we would honour our social covenant. Conservatives are breaking it.

It is time that today’s Conservatives remember and uphold these principles to provide veterans a quality of life worthy of the sacrifices they have made for Canada and all Canadians.

Rodger Cuzner, MP                                                               Frank Valeriote, MP

Cape Breton-Canso                                                               Liberal Critic for Veterans Affairs


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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 scathing report released by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.  The report states that for the third year in a row Canada continues to lose ground in creating and protecting parks.

Under the International Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada has committed to protect at least 17% of the landscape by 2020. Currently, only 10% is protected.  The report also notes that under the federal government`s National Conservation Plan for Canada, the 17% goal is mentioned without a plan and there is no acknowledgement of creating any new parks.

“The intended 17% protection of the Canadian landscape is a laudable goal.“ said Mr. McKay.  “However, without any plan it is utterly and completely meaningless.  The Harper Conservatives have shown a tendency to be very long on announcements and short on delivery.“

The report highlights good news in some regions as Nova Scotia and Manitoba lead the way in overall progress.  Nova Scotia released a final protected areas plan that would see an additional quarter of a million hectares protected and continues to make steady progress implementing the plan.  The plan to protect additional landscape in Nova Scotia does not mitigate the impact on cuts that have already been made.

“The reduction of staff and hours at Parks in Cape Breton – Canso most certainly has a negative impact on tourism and employment in the region.“ said Mr. Cuzner.  “The impact extends to those businesses that rely on tourists to thrive.“


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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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Conservatives needed a year of Canada Job Grant training to realize the importance of compromise

Posted on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Liberal critic for Employment and Social Development Canada made the following statement concerning the latest news that a tentative deal has been […]

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Budget 2014 – Government In-action Plan on Skills Training

Posted on February 12, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Liberal Labour critic, says Budget 2014 fails to deliver any real skills training for the 1.3 million unemployed Canadians, especially youth. “All […]

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Conservatives Ramming Anti-labour Bill through House Committee

Posted on February 6, 2014 | No Comments

OTTAWA – Rodger Cuzner, Liberal Labour critic, says the way the Conservative controlled Human Resources Committee is dealing with the latest Conservative anti-labour bill is more […]

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