Casey not welcome back in Tory fold: Harper

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The Conservatives will have a new candidate in Cumberland County for the first time in more than 20 years whenever the next federal election is called.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Bill Casey will not return to caucus despite yesterday's new deal reached with Nova Scotia over offshore revenue.

"Mr. Casey made demands that he knew were incompatible with our budget, that he knew that this government would not agree to and has not agreed to," Harper told reporters.

"Mr. Casey is not welcome into our caucus. Just so I can be as clear as I can be on it, when there is a .... federal election there will be a Conservative candidate in Mr. Casey's riding, and it will not be Mr. Casey."

Casey, who has run for the party since 1988, voted against the federal budget because it forced the province to choose between the Atlantic Accord signed in 2005 and a new equalization formula. The decision could have cost the province up to $1 billion.

Casey would not comment when contacted yesterday by the because he had not seen all the agreement's details.

The last person not named Casey to run federally for the party in Colchester

County was Robert Coates who won 11 consecutive elections between 1957 and 1984.

The local riding association has scheduled a meeting for Sunday in Truro to discuss their options.

"Our federal association has said we want a resolution to this and have Bill go back into caucus," president Scott Armstrong said yesterday reserving further comment until Sunday.

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: TRURO, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Colchester

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  • Al
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Lets fast forward one month from now at a nominating committee of the newly revived Conservitive Party of Canada being held at the the Truro Regional High School's gym.

    Bill Casey- It is my honour Madam Chairperson to accept the nomination for the Cumberland -Musquodoboit region for the Federal Conservitive Party of Canada.

    Thank you Peter for your nomination. I will, with your help strive to maintain the standards of Robert L. Stanfield, a man of principle and not given to political blackmail.

    I would like to thank the Premier of Newfoundland for his valued support and recognise that he unlike another local politician, has not sold out to Steve in Ottawa and we still remain with a contract written by and accepted by fools.

    There have been a number of other disgruntled Reform members of the House who have contacted me privately and I would like you to know that there will always be room for you in the new Progressive Conservitive Party of Canada.

    Thank You.

  • doug
    January 18, 2010 - 11:05

    Bye Bye Bill. You have had your 15 minutes of fame. Time for young blood. You have been a one man show long enough. We need a team player. In case you forgot- that's how it works. Since you don't like that- retire please so CCMV can benefit from the soon to be majority Fed. Conservative gov't.

  • David
    January 18, 2010 - 10:55

    Doug, I disagree 100% regarding your comment. I believe Bill stood up for his principles which is that Nova Scotian comes first. We were bullied by the PM to accept a deal that overwrote an original deal. I am sorry but a deal is a deal. And Stephen Harper showed a lot of class by declaring Bill to not be accepted back into the party. It just shows what the PM thinks of Atlantic Canadians. That is he doesn't care. And it just proves what I think of the new Progressive Party: a bunch of westerners that were originally part of the Reform Party flanked by members of the now defunct PC party. They are gutless (Peter MacKay and Gerald Keddy) whereas Bill Casey has a lot of intestinal fortitude!

  • Jeff
    January 18, 2010 - 10:53

    well Bill should run for Leader of the country in another party, Hint hint the Green Party already offered to have him join them, its time for BIll to take the next step and aim higher go for PM, Harper is not caring about Eastern Canada like he should ,,, soon alberta will be back to just beef ,

  • Karen
    January 18, 2010 - 10:51

    Sorry Doug must you must be a little child if you think its time for new blood, that only means someone who WILL take a bribe and WILL bend over for the PM. If Bill Casey does run for Independent I think people of NS better watch how many people will follow his lead. No one like a brown nosers and thank god Casey does stand up for the little people because Harper couldnt care less about them. Harper only looks out for Ontario and couldnt care less about anywheres else in Canada remember that.

  • doug
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    haha- Tell that to them when Steve gets his majority.

    There is a shift in the minds of the good people in CCMV and they see the writing on the wall. 2 or 3 are looking at the nomination now.

    Sunset time Bill- Sunset time.

  • Kurt
    January 18, 2010 - 10:34

    methinks Doug can't see the the one lone tall standing tree left in CCMV for the bushes and fog, Surely the days of party line fools will give way to vote for the the right person for the job. Bill may be standing alone but it's integrity that put him there and I hope most people understand and value that.The country wouldn't be in such a mess if we had more ' Bill's ' in Otawa.
    Maybe the majorit Steven will have to face is that the majority of his MP's will be sent home after the next election, and the writing on the wall should tell the good people of CCMV thank goodness we are not represented by the likes of MacKay or Keddy
    PS I'm still managing my farm lifestyle/business in a determined to succeed fashion,although more difficult to do outside the supply managed umbrella.

  • Andrew
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    I must concure. The failure of the parlimentary system is through voting at the local level, we vote for the PrimeMinister. Do you vote for Mr Harper? Or, do you vote for a man who did not bend to the pressure of the government. A man, who knowingly broke ranks of the parlimentary system to his own risk, and thus, dismissed from caucas. Is it time to break from the tradition of voting or vote for a Member who can and will act his conscience.

  • Dave
    January 18, 2010 - 10:29

    Doug, as per Karen and Kurt's comment, the people has spoken. Clearly, we all support Bill. It is time to get rid of MPs who won't stand up to their constituents' principles. Either you realize this or be in the minority (just like Stephen Harper and company).