Staying independent

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Bill Casey likes being a party of one.

The Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit has no plans to join either the federal Liberals or New Democrats following his expulsion from the Consevative caucus.

Bill Casey likes being a party of one.

The Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit has no plans to join either the federal Liberals or New Democrats following his expulsion from the Consevative caucus.

The only reason I left the party is because it broke its contract. If they reinstate the contract Im open to discussion about going back because Im not going anywhere, Casey said Wednesday. Im not changing parties.

Casey said has received offers of co-operation from both the Liberals and New Democrats, and accepted an NDP offer to ask a question during Question Period. He has not received any formal offers to jump to another party, but even if he gets one, he plans to remain in independent MP.

Even I was surprised that I didnt mind sitting as an independent, Casey said, adding he has made no decisions on his long-term future in politics. Ill cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now Im going to work for my constituents. In fact, Ill be able to spend more time doing that because I wont have to do the duties the party requires.

Casey was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1988. He was defeated by Liberal Dianne Brushett in 1993 and re-elected in four straight elections beginning in 1997.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit, NDP, House of Commons

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