Rodger Cuzner was elected as Member of Parliament for Bras d’Or-Cape Breton in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He has served as a member of the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and as critic for Veterans Affairs. He was also appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in 2003 and later served as Chief Whip of the Official Opposition. He also served as the critic for Employment and Social Development and for Labour.
Mr. Cuzner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University. Prior to politics, he worked as Special Events Coordinator for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Recreation Director for the town of Dominion, and Athletic Director for the City of Fort McMurray.
Mr. Cuzner has demonstrated his life-long commitment to hockey and to ensuring that Canadians are given the opportunity to succeed at our national sport. His love of the game has allowed him to coach at the Major Midget, Junior A and university levels, and serve as a master course conductor for the National Coaching Certification Program. Mr. Cuzner coached Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in 1995 and 1999. He is the founding member of the Cape Breton Sport Heritage Awards Committee.
Mr. Cuzner, a native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, is the second of six children born to Truman and Kay Cuzner. He and his wife Lynn (nee Hopkins) have three children: Mitch, Scott, and Brad.
He is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.