Rodger Cuzner was first elected on November 27, 2000. He is about to mark his 13th year as a Member of Parliament, having been re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 to represent the people of Cape Breton-Canso.
Rodger has held many key positions during his time in Parliament, including Parliamentary Secretary to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, chair of Nova Scotia Caucus, chair of Atlantic Caucus, and Chief Opposition Whip. He currently serves as the Liberal Critic for Human Resources & Skills Development and Labour.
Rodger represents the Liberal Party on the weekly M.P. 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.
Prior to entering politics, Rodger 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.
Rodger has been very involved with hockey throughout his life. He coached Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in 1995 and 1999.
Rodger and his wife Lynn live in Glace Bay and they have three sons: Mitch, Scott and Brad.