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Casey wont back throne speech unless Atlantic Accord is restored

AMHERST  Nova Scotias lone independent MP will not be supporting his former governments throne speech unless it restores the Atlantic Accord.

AMHERST  Nova Scotias lone independent MP will not be supporting his former governments throne speech unless it restores the Atlantic Accord.

Its clearly against the interests of Nova Scotia unless they reverse those amendments and thats my condition to supporting the throne speech, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey said on Monday. I represent my riding, my province and my region and none of those will get a benefit unless those amendments are reversed.

A veteran MP, Casey has been a man without a party since earlier this year when he was turfed from the Conservative caucus after voting against the governments budget because it changed the Atlantic Accord that allowed both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to continue to get equalization payments while enjoying the full benefits of their offshore revenues.

Casey felt he had to make his conditions for supporting the throne speech known after the Bloc Quebecois announced over the weekend it may bring the government down unless it meets five conditions. The Liberals followed by saying they have four conditions while the NDP have indicated they will not support the throne speech.

While Casey realizes the defeat of the throne speech could force a fall election that Canadians really dont want or the parties arent prepared for, he is ready to run as an independent despite the challenges that presents.

Im an independent and if theres an election I will be running as an independent. Im ready to do it and Im looking forward to the challenge, he said, adding he has had no contact with the party that threw him out.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Bloc Quebecois, NDP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador

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