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Veteran MP lauded as hero in Parliament after voting against party on budget

The sign says it all.

Hurrah for Bill Casey, hero in parliament, reads the poster, stapled on a utility pole on Main Street. Another one taped to a nearby shop window reads the same thing.

Support strong for Casey

The sign says it all.

Hurrah for Bill Casey, hero in parliament, reads the poster, stapled on a utility pole on Main Street. Another one taped to a nearby shop window reads the same thing.

Local MP Bill Casey, who represents the riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, made national headlines last week when he voted against a budget bill and was quickly turfed from the Conservative caucus.

He certainly did the right thing, and hes to be commended, said Margaret Ling, a lifelong Conservative. There arent many left like him.

Ling and her husband Elmer have supported Casey since he first entered politics as a Progressive Conservative candidate under Brian Mulroney in 1988. Former MP Robert Coates brought the former car salesman to meet the Lings in the early days of his first campaign.

She said this area has two of the best political leaders it could have with Casey in Ottawa and Murray Scott representing Cumberland South at the provincial legislature, and that Casey has been mistreated by the Harper government from the beginning, when the prime minister placed one of his longest-serving members to the backbenches without a portfolio of any kind.

While the MP sits as an independent for now, Ling said she is certain he will continue to make the right decisions.

He is one true good man, and I think whatever Bill chooses to do will be a great thing, said Ling.

Another longtime local Conservative, Zena Foster, said she has known Casey and his wife Rosemary for many years, and supports his decision 100 per cent.

If youre not a man of integrity, and if youre not a person of your word, then what are you? she said. He only did the right thing. He saw the agreement, it was signed, and if he voted for the budget then he wouldnt have had much of a backbone.

Foster said she would like to see Casey run as a Conservative candidate again in the next election, or perhaps move to provincial politics and run as a Progressive Conservative again.

He is now calling himself a Progressive Conservative independent MP.

Bill is a good man and a great politician, and there has to be a place for him somewhere, she said.

Organizations: Progressive Conservative independent MP.

Geographic location: Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Ottawa, Cumberland South

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