Joe Comuzzi was born in Fort William, Ontario. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 1954. In 1966 Comuzzi received the University of Windsor Alumni Award of Merit, the Alumni Association's most prestigious award. After twenty-four years in the Thunder Bay business community, he returned to his alma mater, and obtained his law degree in 1980. He is married and has four children.
Comuzzi was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 for the riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North (Ontario). He has served as chair of the Standing Committee on Transport and a member of the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations. Comuzzi has also served as co-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group and chaired the National Highway Committee of the National Liberal Caucus.
Beginning in 1988, Comuzzi’s six terms as a Member of Parliament have been devoted to important riding issues: Great Lakes transportation and water quality, the pulp and paper industry, the softwood lumber dispute, grain transportation, mining, small business, health care and the local economy. During his terms of office, he served in many leadership capacities that related to transportation and industry.
Comuzzi became Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) on December 12, 2003. While Minister of State he was forced to apologize for remarks about Quebecers when, in commenting on the Sponsorship scandal, he stated, "I guess that's how they do politics there." He was also appointed Co-Vice-Chair of the Cabinet committee on Canada-United States Relations. He was a member of the Cabinet Committee on Aboriginal Affairs.
When the Liberals were asked to form the Official Opposition in 2006 Joe Comuzzi was left out of the Shadow Cabinet and also not included in the associate critic positions.
He was expelled from the Liberal caucus for pledging to support the Conservative budget on March 21, 2007. "It's for a single issue that's of absolute critical importance to all the people in Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario, and that's the cancer research centre", he said. He joined the Conservative Party on June 26.
He has served as a board member for many organizations including the Ontario Hospital Association, the Lakehead Board of Education, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, St. Joseph’s Heritage, and the Liberal Party of Canada. He has served as Honorary Patron of the Easter Seal Society since 1997.
Joe Comuzzi.(Appointments)(Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)(Brief Article)
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