Joe Comuzzi was born in Fort William, Ontario, on April 5, 1933. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in 1954. After twenty-four years in the Thunder Bay business community, he returned to his alma mater, and obtained his law degree in 1980.
Mr. Comuzzi became Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) on December 12, 2003 and was also appointed Co-Vice Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Canada-United States Relations. He is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Aboriginal Affairs.
Beginning in 1988, Mr. Comuzzi’s four terms as a member of Parliament were devoted to important riding issues: 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.
Mr. Comuzzi is an active member of the community. 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.
He is married to Janet (Casgrain). They have four children and ten grandchildren.