Casey casts leadership vote for Trudeau

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‘I have no political aspirations’

Former Conservative and Independent MP Bill Casey is supporting Justin Trudeau in this weekend's Liberal leadership vote.

AMHERST – Bill Casey is voting for Justin Trudeau in this weekend’s Liberal leadership vote, but the popular former Conservative and Independent MP has no plans for a political comeback.

“I’m just happy to be taking part in the democratic process because no matter what happens there’s going to be a new Liberal leader at the end of this and whether that’s going to be in opposition or the next prime minster it’s going to affect all of us,” Casey said Friday from his home in Brookdale.

Casey turned a few heads on Friday when he confirmed that he has registered to vote for the Trudeau. The longtime MP, who was booted out of the Conservative caucus in 2007 for voting against the budget, said people should not read too much into his actions.

“I am not a member of the Liberal Party of Canada or any party for that matter. I was a member of another party but I’m not any longer through no fault of my own,” Casey said.

Casey ran as an Independent in 2008 and was re-elected by a large margin, but resigned a year later to accept a position as Nova Scotia’s intergovernmental affairs representative in Ottawa.

Conservative Scott Armstrong was elected in a 2009 byelection and re-elected in 2011 when the Tories won a majority government.

Casey said Armstrong need not worry about his returning to federal politics.

“I voted as a non-supporter of the Liberal Party, that all. Don’t read too much into this,” Casey said. “I have no political aspirations. I’m interested in politics and I believe Atlantic Canada has a lot of challenges going forward. I believe we need people in all parties who have an understanding of how we live and how we work.”

Casey said he got to know Trudeau after his ejection from the Conservative caucus. When he was sent across the floor of the House of Commons to join the opposition benches, Casey sat near Trudeau and got to know the Quebec MP quite well. He said he can relate to Trudeau’s vision for Canada and the Atlantic region.

 “This is part of our democratic future and he’s going to play a part in the future of our country and our region. There’s going to be someone there and it’ll be good to have someone there who has an interest in Atlantic Canada and knows a little bit about us and has spent quite a bit of time here,” Casey said.

The new Liberal leader will be announced on Sunday.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Liberal Party of Canada, Independent MP, House of Commons

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Brookdale, Nova Scotia Ottawa

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  • Former Progressive Conservative
    April 12, 2013 - 14:59

    Trudeau it is then, thanks Bill.....