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Rodger Cuzner, MP


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 Private Members Bill process but makes a mockery of how federal labour laws are created.

For the Government to support Private Member legislation that changes how a fundamental right of workers gets exercised based on false claims and zero consultation, is both irresponsible and clearly shows they have no desire to create fair and balanced labour laws.” said Cuzner.

Bill C-525 is the latest in Conservative sponsored anti-labour legislation, following in the footsteps of C-377. It will make a fundamental change to the way workers can organize into a union; changing the certification process from a “card check” system to mandatory vote. Research has proven that the effect of such a move will be lower unionization rates.

The sponsor of the Bill, MP Blaine Caulkins, justified its need for because of the “mountain of complaints” regarding union coercion of workers during union certification campaigns. However, according to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), there have only been 2 founded complaints against unions out of 4,000 decisions in the last ten years. As the chairperson of the CIRB stated in committee testimony, “It’s not a huge problem.

Neither the facts nor opposition by both major labour and employer groups stopped the Government from ramming through study of the Bill in Committee, only allowing 2.5 hours of witness testimony. The Committee heard both labour and employers groups say that not only were they never consulted; they neither asked for this change nor agree with how it is being made.

The Federal Labour Relations system is respected and supported by both labour and employers as a result of a genuine and proven consultative and consensus process that have been followed for decades for amending the Labour Code. Cuzner said, “Both the substance of the Bill and the backdoor process the Conservatives have used is neither fair nor balance and does not respect the decades of labour relations practices that have worked well for workers, employers, government and society.



For more information:

Joël Bowen, Legislative Assistant

Rodger Cuzner, M.P. Cape Breton-Canso

Phone: 613-222-6881 (mobile)  E-mail:

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:

“The Interim Commissioner’s report was pretty clear that the government failed
almost 600,000 Canadians because they didn’t follow their own policies. That is
very disturbing given that this department manages personal information on
millions of Canadians from Employment Insurance to Canada Pension. Policies
are not worth the paper they are written on if they are not followed.”
The Canada student Loan data breach was the largest data breach in Canadian
history affecting 1in 60 Canadians (583,000 Canadians). The Interim Privacy
Commissioner’s report was clear that the “Department failed to translate its own
privacy and security policies into meaningful business practices.”

The report also found that the Department did not provide a complete list of
personal information that was breached to the affected people when they were
notified. Cuzner said, “It is unacceptable for the government to decide on behalf
of a victim what information is important for them to know in order to protect


For more information:
Joël Bowen
Legislative Assistant
Rodger Cuzner, M.P. Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 613-222-6881 (mobile) E-mail:

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 to
scrap Enterprise Cape Breton:

“Mr. Speaker: When Conservatives announce significant departmental changes followed by
the statement, ‘it will be business as usual’, you know the business is to mislead, misinform,
and misrepresent the facts – as usual.
Last week the people of Cape Breton and Mulgrave were informed that this government had
scrapped ECBC. Will the Minister confirm to the House that the region will retain a
designated budget allocation, matching current funding levels?”

On March 19th, the Minister responsible for ACOA in announcing the end of ECBC said it would be
‘business as usual’. Increasingly this government’s actions have been far different than what their
words led us to believe would be the case.

“There are a number of legitimate concerns that communities and businesses have about this decision
that need to be addressed before anyone can say it will be ‘business as usual,” said Cuzner. Those
concerns include:

  • Will local decision making authority and flexibility in programs be lost?
  • ECBC performs an advocacy role for local issues in government decisions. Will advocacy issues be diminished under ACOA?
  • ECBC has its own budgets for Business and Community Development. What guarantees will be put into the legislation to insure Cape Breton-Mulgrave retains its own funding under ACOA?


“Whether you think Cape Breton-Mulgrave will be better off as a result of this decision really boils
down to how much trust you have in this government’s word. Something more and more Canadians
have stopped having faith in.” said Cuzner.

For more information:
Michael Vickers
Communications Manager
Phone: 902-842-9403
Mobile: 902-574-1705




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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Cuzner Continues to Press The Conservative Government on Veterans Affairs Office Closures

Posted on February 3, 2014 | No Comments

      OTTAWA –Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso,  today asked the following question in the House of Commons:   “The Parliamentary Secretary […]

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Cuzner Questions the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Posted on January 31, 2014 | No Comments

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Cuzner Questions Minister of Veterans Affairs on Office Closures

Posted on January 29, 2014 | No Comments

January 29, 2014   OTTAWA –Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso,  today asked the following question in the House of Commons: “When the Canadian […]

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Rodger Cuzner: A Strong Voice for Cape Breton-Canso

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Constituency office:

78 Commercial St., Dominion, NS, B1G 1B4
Phone: 902-842-9763
Toll-Free: 1-866-282-0699
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Room 130, Confederation Bldg., Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-992-6756
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Michael Vickers, Communications Manager
Phone: 902-842-9403
Mobile: 902-574-1705
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