Casey says PM misleading Canadians

Darrell Cole
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Trying to pit one region against the other

AMHERST - Bill Casey is not about to lose any sleep over the fact he's unwelcome in the Conservative Party of Canada.

Still, he is disappointed with comments made Wednesday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and thinks he's misleading Canadians by saying Casey was demanding something he was not.

"Harper's actions, by breaking the Atlantic Accord, have caused a lot of stress and strain in the federal party and the provincial party," Casey said. "I was surprised at his forcefulness. I did not expect him to make it such a prominent part of his comments."

Casey, who initially was thrown out of caucus in June for voting against the budget, is accusing the prime minister of playing games by creating divisions within the party and by trying to use him to woo voters in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

In his comments Wednesday, the prime minister said Casey made demands that were incompatible with the government in that he wanted a stacking of the benefits of the accord plus the new equalization plan. Casey said all he wanted was the original Atlantic Accord restored.

"The prime minister said something that was untrue and he said it twice. I never demanded double stacking of benefits or one accord over the other. He's trying to portray the accord as something we don't deserve and I very much resent the prime minister of this country playing one part of the country off against the other."

Despite the prime minister's comments that someone other than Casey will carry the party colours into the next election, the veteran MP said he will run as an Independent and is hoping people will support him as they did in 1988 when he was first elected and since 1997 when he returned to Ottawa.

He also ruled out running as a member of another party.

"My plan now is to run as an Independent and I've told other parties that I'm going to remain an Independent and they have respected that," Casey said. "I have friends in all parties, including the Conservatives, but I'm going to remain as an independent and run as an independent.

"I hope they (the people) support me, but if they don't I'll understand. I'm glad I did what I did."

Organizations: Conservative Party of Canada, Conservatives

Geographic location: AMHERST, Ontario, Quebec Alberta Ottawa

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  • Brian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    The minute a high profile name comes out of Truro ie: Stanfield, Pye, Snook- it's goodbye to support from that area for Bill. The power brokers like being on the side the bread is buttered on.

    We may not like it, but that a fact of life in the political world.

  • Amy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:05

    Casey stood up for all Nova Scotians, now it is our turn to stand up for him! Casey has my vote!

  • b
    January 18, 2010 - 10:43

    Sorry Brian...don't like anybody else stating my views! You have your head stuck in the sand. The progressive conservative party might just as well save their money and time to bring in another high profile, yes and do what you are told person to try to lie and steal from us again.... NOT GOING TO WORK! The power brokers can keep their butter... we will butter our own bread! The fact of life in the political world is the REAL BIG PROBLEM, and hope this is the beginning of the end.

  • Bill
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Casey is not interested at all in rejoining the Conservatives. If he was, he would have refrained from calling the PM a liar recently. If he said the right things, Harper would likely welcome him back. NS eventually got the deal it wanted, and Casey got himself thrown out of the government. That doesn't seem to bother him. He knows that had he had kept his cool like Keddy and McKay, he could still be in the party. But he wanted out of it, as his ideology didn't connect with true Conservatives. He is a classic Red Tory. In fact, he's taken to calling himself a Progressive Conservative again. Don't get me wrong, I have a LOT OF RESPECT for Bill Casey. He is a hard worker and genuinely cares about people. Too bad he won't be on the winning team though.