Don Rusnak

Thunder Bay–Rainy River


The new MP for Thunder Bay–Rainy River was born and raised in the region. He is of Ukrainian and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage.

Rusnak has a law degree from the University of Manitoba, spending his last year at Osgoode Hall at York University where he specialized in Aboriginal lands, resources and governments. He had previously studied political science and integrated forest resource management at Lakehead University.

After law school he worked with the BC Treaty Commission and in Alberta’s Crown prosecution office. He also spent time working with Manitoba Health to improve delivery of health care services to northern Manitoba. Rusnak returned to Thunder Bay in 2008.

In 2009, Rusnak served as the interim Executive Director for Grand Council Treaty 3 in Kenora. Since 2009 he has run his own law office in Thunder Bay.

Rusnak is a volunteer for many local organization including the Ontario Justice Education Network, which focuses on strengthening the public’s understanding of the legal system, and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.

He has been vocal on local issues including the high price of gas, the cancellation of door-­to-door mail delivery and the need for the government to undertake the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.