Rodger CUZNER

CUZNER, Rodger, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
November 4, 1955
Website
http://rodgercuzner.liberal.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6fa03d6c-bbe7-4e72-b1de-3f877b6bcb02&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
rodger.cuzner@parl.gc.ca
Profession
organizer of events

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Bras d'Or--Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (January 13, 2003 - December 11, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (November 3, 2008 - September 6, 2010)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (November 3, 2008 - September 6, 2010)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Cape Breton--Canso (Nova Scotia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment , Workforce Development and Labour (December 2, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 284 of 288)


February 18, 2002

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Bras d'Or--Cape Breton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in the House today to acknowledge the accomplishments of Canadian athletes who achieved top eight results over the past week at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Much has been said already about our medallists but today I would like to draw to the attention of the House top eight finishes, which are astounding accomplishments in themselves.

In freestyle skiing, Jennifer Heil was fourth in women's moguls; Ryan Johnson was seventh and Scott Bellavance was eighth in men's moguls; in alpine skiing, Melanie Turgeon was eighth in women's downhill; Jean-Philippe Roy was eighth in men's combined; and Genevieve Simard was seventh in women's combined; in cross-country skiing, Beckie Scott was sixth in the 10 kilometre classic.

In short track speed skating, Alanna Kraus was fifth in women's 1,500 metre and sixth in women's 500 metre; Marie-Eve Drolet was sixth in women's 1,500 metre; and Isabelle Charest was fourth in women's 500 metre; in long track speed skating, Mike Ireland was seventh in men's 500 metre; and Kristina Groves was eighth in women's 3,000 metre.

In figure Skating, Elvis Stojko was eighth in men's singles.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   2002 Winter Olympics
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February 18, 2002

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Bras d'Or--Cape Breton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am against a group of motions that put cost effectiveness into the purposes section of the bill. The purpose of the proposed species at risk bill is to protect and recover species at risk. The assessments of the status of species prepared by COSEWIC are based on the best available information on the biological status of the species.

In determining whether a species is at risk these independent experts examine scientific information as well as aboriginal and community knowledge about the biological status of the species. The bill is clear that social and economic factors would not influence COSEWIC's decisions.

Similarly, the goals for the recovery of the endangered species as set out in recovery strategies would be biological objectives. Recovery strategies would set out population and distribution objectives that must be met for the survival of a species. They would identify threats to a species and its critical habitat where possible.

As in the case with COSEWIC assessments social economics would not factor into developing biological information. SARA is firm that we should not interfere with science. However, when we respond to the science we need to think about social economics.

The bill has safeguards to make sure that other important needs of Canadians would not be ignored. There are several situations under the bill where social and economic factors must be taken into account. These factors are taken into account by the government in determining how to respond to COSEWIC's assessments.

Under any federal legislation there must be consultation involved in making of orders and regulations. This allows for an opportunity to consider social and economic impacts. SARA is no exception in this regard. For example, there are orders to legally list species and regulations to implement recovery strategies, action plans and management plans.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Species at Risk Act
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February 5, 2002

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the widely held assumption that Cape Breton Island remains the heart and soul of the east coast music industry was reaffirmed this past Sunday night in Saint John, New Brunswick, at the 14th annual East Coast Music Awards. This reaffirmation came not once but twelve times.

It is not just the sheer number of awards picked up by Cape Breton artists but the scope and diversity of the artists acknowledged. From the alternative rockers, the Jimmy Swift Band, to the traditional sounds of Mary Jane Lamond, as well as the outstanding songwriting abilities of Gordie Sampson, this event allowed Cape Breton artists to showcase their talents.

Two of Canada's most prolific singer-songwriters, Jimmy Rankin and Bruce Guthro, picked up three awards each and the reigning queen of Celtic music, Miss Natalie MacMaster, was crowned ECMA entertainer of the year.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all the 2002 ECMA winners. Cape Bretoners are very proud of their accomplishments and wish them all continued success.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Arts and Culture
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December 6, 2001

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Copyright Act currently allows a compulsory licence for the retransmission of a broadcaster's signal by cable and satellite companies. As we know, several companies have shown that it is unclear whether and how the Copyright Act applies to retransmission via the Internet. Broadcasters, film and television producers have been very concerned that the unrestricted transmission via the Internet would adversely affect our rights.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Canadian Heritage tell us what the House will do?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Copyright Act
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December 5, 2001

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development. We have been asked by constituents as to the status of EI rebate cheques.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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