Casey not going anywhere

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Veteran MP to remain an independent

AMHERST - Thanks, but no thanks.

While flattered Liberal Leader Stephane Dion would speak highly of him during a town hall style meeting in Halifax earlier this week, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey is not interested in joining the federal Liberals.

"Right from the very minute I was expelled from caucus I made it very clear I wasn't going anywhere and that has not changed," Casey said. "The door is not open to discussion at the moment. Right now I want to be an independent Member of Parliament representing the people of my riding."

Speaking in Halifax Dion said he admired the stance taken by Casey against the Harper government's treatment of the Atlantic Accord. While convincing the popular MP to join the Liberals would be a coup for his party, Dion has stopped short of putting out the welcome mat.

Casey appreciates the support Dion has given him following his ouster from the Conservative caucus after voting against its budget. That doesn't mean he's interested in becoming a Liberal.

"I've been in opposition and I've been in government and I want to try this. I feel I can be effective and I want to try it," Casey said.

Just like he's not interested in joining the Liberals, Casey said he's also not interested in rejoining his Conservative caucusmates as long as Stephen Harper refuses to restore the Atlantic Accord to it original state.

"If he restored it to the way John Hamm wrote it I would talk about it, but if that's not the case I won't even discuss it," said Casey, who just returned from Saskatchewan and a meeting with Premier Lorne Calvert.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: AMHERST, Saskatchewan

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  • shawn
    January 18, 2010 - 11:15

    way to go casey iam a very proud voter and supporter of mr. casey i really didn't vote for him because he was a conservitive or anythign i voted because hes a man of his work and he works hard for the people he represents and he is a man of honor iam very upset and disapointed in mr.harper that he kicked him out cause he was acting and voting on behalf of his supportes and the rights of all nova scotians and iam also very dismayed over perter mckay and the othwer member from the south shore lol they were not taken the voice and interests of the people they rep first or they too would of been kicked out but casey took a stand and now hes and indepentend still workign ahrd and still standing up for his poeple and in reguards to him siding with the liberals or going back to the conservitives no mater what party he decides to stand with in the future the people that vote for him will be there and do so not because of what party he runs for but who he is and what he does in the area he resides in. (lib) hmm maybe- (ndp) who knows- (con) i really doubt it so no matter what comes out of this i will with out a doubt be voting for mr.casey again and in the end mr.harper will feel a big blow and will regret doign what he did cause his support will change alot and might cost him a majority or even loosing power and haven had a short lived carrer as beign a firt time pm thnaks respectfuly subbmitted