It's business as usual for expelled MP

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Bill Casey does not feel his constituents will be punished for his expulsion from the government benches.

The veteran Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP feels it will business as usual once the dust settles over his opposition to the federal budget.

Bill Casey does not feel his constituents will be punished for his expulsion from the government benches.

The veteran Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP feels it will business as usual once the dust settles over his opposition to the federal budget.

"We're reorganization and adapting to our new situation but it's not going affect what I do for the people in my riding," Casey said Wednesday.

While he may not be on the prime minister's best side right now, Casey said he continues to have good relations with his former Tory caucus mates and has already held discussions with several cabinet ministers about projects he has been working on.

"I've spent more time in opposition than I have in government and while it works differently than being in government it can and will work," Casey said. "I met yesterday with a minister who told me a project is going ahead."

While he would not get into the specifics of which project is going ahead until the government announces it, he feels he will continue to make progress on projects such as Isle Haute and Beaubassin.

He also feels that sitting in the Opposition benches will give him some tools he didn't have in government including access to Question Period, Statements by Members, questions on the order paper and access to information.

"I'm not remotely concerned about being able to do my job. There are pluses and minuses with this but I feel I have a lot more to work with now," he said. "I now have the ability to talk to the media and public awareness is a huge deal in this democracy. How many times have we seen nothing happen until it gets into the press?"

dcole@amherstdaily.com

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