|Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services|
September 19, 2017 – August 31, 2018
|Preceded by||portfolio established|
|Succeeded by||Dan Vandal|
|Member of Parliament|
for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
October 19, 2015 – September 11, 2019
|Preceded by||John Rafferty|
|Succeeded by||Marcus Powlowski|
|Born||October 5, 1975|
Thunder Bay, Ontario
|Alma mater||Robson Hall|
Don Rusnak (born October 5, 1975) is a Canadian politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Thunder Bay—Rainy River in the House of Commons of Canada from 2015 to 2019 as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Rusnak has deep roots in Thunder Bay–Rainy River, and as the son of Ukrainian and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) parents.
Rusnak studied Political Science and Integrated Forest Resource Management at Lakehead University. In 2001, Rusnak attended the University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, and during his final year, attended Osgoode Hall Law School to study in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.
Career prior to election
Rusnak has extensive professional experience drawing from his work in the forestry industry, public sector, and from his own legal practice. While working with Manitoba Health, Rusnak helped to improve the delivery of healthcare services for Northern Manitobans, and as a Crown Prosecutor in Eastern Alberta, he prosecuted criminal and regulatory offences. Rusnak served as the interim Executive Director for Grand Council Treaty No. 3 in Kenora.
Rusnak has volunteered his time with many organizations, such as the Ontario Justice Education Network and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative – a group which improves elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians through the implementation of specific programs and the application of appropriate research.
- Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs
- Standing Joint Committee of the Library of Parliament
- Chair of the Indigenous Caucus
- Director-at-Large Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||John Rafferty||12,439||29.6||-19.1||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||–||100.0||$233,030.77|
|Total rejected ballots||–||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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- Dunick, Leith (September 1, 2018). "Rusnak steps down from parliamentary secretary role". Thunder Bay News Watch. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
- "Thunder Bay-area MP says he won't run again in upcoming federal election". Thunder Bay: CBC News. March 18, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
- Diaczuk, Doug (March 17, 2019). "Rusnak bows out of 2019 federal election". Thunder Bay News Watch. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
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- Don Rusnak - Member of Parliament - Members of Parliament - House of Commons of Canada
- Liberal Party of Canada