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Riding association backs Casey

He may not be in the good graces of his party, but Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey still has the support of his party's riding association.

"Our association to a person is supporting Bill. He's been a wonderful MP for our riding and we support him," acting riding president Scott Armstrong said.

He may not be in the good graces of his party, but Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey still has the support of his party's riding association.

"Our association to a person is supporting Bill. He's been a wonderful MP for our riding and we support him," acting riding president Scott Armstrong said. "We have to place our trust in our MP. He wouldn't have done this if he didn't believe in his heart that he had to do it."

Armstrong is hopeful that Casey's banishment from the Conservative caucus is only temporary . He agrees with Casey's stand on the Atlantic Accord and hopes a compromise can be worked out that will allow the MP to support final reading of the budget.

"It's our goal to take it from where we are now and move forward. We hope there can be some sort of agreement between the province and Ottawa over this one issue," Armstrong said. "Hopefully there'll be a resolution that Bill will be able to support and be able to move back into caucus."

Armstrong is not concerned with Casey's status as an independent and he does not feel it will impact his work in the riding.

Armstrong's thoughts are supported by longtime Conservative Doug Bacon, who feels the veteran MP did what he was elected to do.

"Bill has always been a man of the people. He's doing what politicians are elected to do. He's representing his constituents. He'll be chastised for it, but you have to give him credit for doing what he did," Bacon said.

Cumberland North MLA Ernest Fage supports Casey and is proud of the stance taken by the veteran MP.

"I know it's a difficult thing to do for him personally. A lot of soul searching had to go into it, but I'm glad someone is standing up for Nova Scotia," Fage said. "The accord was a binding legal document and it's not fair that one side can go in and arbitrarily change it and endanger future prospects for the province."



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Organizations: Armstrong's

Geographic location: Ottawa, Nova Scotia

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