Casey named top performer by PoliticsWatch.com

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Bill Casey's attempt to have the federal government honour the

Atlantic accord cost him a seat in the Conservative caucus but has earned

him recognition on Parliament Hill.

The fifth-term MP was expelled from caucus for voting against the budget

implementation bill which amended the offshore accord with Nova Scotia.

Yesterday, PoliticsWatch.com named the former car salesman its top performer

for the spring sitting of the house

TRURO - Bill Casey's attempt to have the federal government honour the

Atlantic accord cost him a seat in the Conservative caucus but has earned

him recognition on Parliament Hill.

The fifth-term MP was expelled from caucus for voting against the budget

implementation bill which amended the offshore accord with Nova Scotia.

Yesterday, PoliticsWatch.com named the former car salesman its top performer

for the spring sitting of the house.

"I didn't have any idea this would be seen as significant as it has been,"

the Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP told the Truro Daily News

yesterday. "I would have much rather seen the accord honoured."

The website says the MP "spoke out against the budget because of its

negative impact on his own province. The fallout created a crisis for Prime

Minister Stephen Harper and his government ... which continues as the summer

begins.

"The mild-mannered former car dealer has long been considered one of the

best constituent MPs on the hill."

Casey spoke out against the implication of the budget in early June. He said

the Conservative MPs from Atlantic Canada met with Finance Minister Jim

Flaherty on the Monday before the vote took place. A follow-up meeting was

supposed to take place the next day.

"Mr. Flaherty arranged the meeting and everyone was invited but me," Casey

said.

That is the one thing which doesn't sit well with the MP because he was just

speaking up for his riding and province.

"I don't consider myself a maverick or a rebel but I will stand my ground,"

he said.

On the flip side, Flaherty was second on the top under performers list while

Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay and Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn,

who are the cabinet ministers for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador,

respectively, were fifth and sixth.

The federal-provincial tensions was second on the top issues list behind

only the Harper Government struggle for control.

Casey made the list two years ago for being the most knowledgeable on

Canada's fleet of submarines.

The list can be found at www.politicswatch.com.



jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Daily News

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada, Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley Newfoundland and Labrador

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