Local Conservative association hopes for time for fall election

Jason Malloy
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TRURO The federal Conservative riding association in central and northern Nova Scotia is hoping the writ is not dropped causing a fall election campaign.

TRURO The federal Conservative riding association in central and northern Nova Scotia is hoping the writ is not dropped causing a fall election campaign.

Speculation is mounting Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean and request the minority government be dissolved sending the country to the polls in mid October.

If that happens Independent MP Bill Casey and a yet-to-be-named Conservative candidate could split the vote in the Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley riding. The local Conservative riding association is hopeful there will only be one running in the next election.

Were still working behind the scenes to try to have that happen. Were dealing with both the federal party and Mr. Casey, acting chairman Scott Armstrong told the Truro Daily News. If an election happens sooner than later it makes it more difficult for us to find some sort of solution.

Casey has sat in the House of Commons as an Independent since being kicked out of caucus by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for voting against the budget in June 2007.

While Casey appreciates the work being done by the riding association he doesnt believe there is room for compromise.

The prime minister went on national TV and said it twice, they were going to have a candidate here and it wouldnt be Bill Casey, the fifth-term MP said.

So what would it take to mend the fences?

Ive always said the same thing, I wont even talk to them until they honour the Atlantic Accord, Casey said of the offshore royalty agreement between the federal and provincial governments.

But the association is not about to give up yet though.

Until there is an actual writ, until there is an actual election, or until theres actually two candidates both declared running were going to continue to work towards that goal of having one Conservative candidate, Armstrong said.



Organizations: Local Conservative association, Truro Daily News, House of Commons

Geographic location: Northern Nova Scotia, Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:13

    Why don't the Tories get a pilon from South Albion to run .I am not talking about those short stubby ones but the tall slim ones ,they would have more political sex appeal . A pilon would be more effective,work 24/7,more reliable,Casey hasn't done anything of note in all his time....why not give a pilon a chance .At least a pilon would have more common sense than to get itself booted out of the party that is in power .When time came to retire it would have the dignity,decancy ,and consideration for the riding to graciously step aside and work for a new candidate such as Bob Coates did for the presant guy . So the pilon would be Tory ,it would need a name ,why not just call it Bill Crazy ????? While at it the Tories could do the same process so solve their Provincial candidate problem and enlist another pilon to run Provincially ,,,,call that pilon Earnie Fudge ..... IMO

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    Him as PM ?? good one Ron !! LOL LOL

  • Bruce
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    I can't believe that anyone in this riding would even consider not supporting Bill Casey. He has represented us honestly and responsibly and we should be proud to call him our MP. If the local Tory executive had the backbone that Casey does, they would not oppose him if it comes down to it. Harper should wake up and smell the roses

  • Ron
    January 18, 2010 - 10:54

    Frank, you seem to think that having the decency to stand up for one's constituents makes one short on common sense, whilst I think it shows an overabundance. How many politicians actually think about the wishes of the people who voted them in, rather than toe the party line, especially one controlled by a petty western dictator.
    The local Conservative Association should be applauded for trying their best to have Bill represent us again. I personally think Bill should be Prime Minister. After all, at least he thinks of Atlantic Canadians as deserving to have at least what was guaranteed us in writing, instead of assuming that Maritimers aren't worth the slightest hint of respect, which is what Harper has shown that he believes.

  • Steve
    January 18, 2010 - 10:48

    Personally I would most certainly vote for Bill Casey as an independent, i will not vote for him if he runs as a conservative.

  • Kathy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:43

    Stephen Harper has really damaged his chances here in Cumberland County, most of the local Tory are so annoyed and those that are not members but loyal Tories in the past are backing Bill and sorry but I can not see this being a Tory riding this election. What Mr Harper is doing to this small area is just magnified Canada wide and if they want to change the trend in voting they shoudl get rid of Mr Harper and put Mr Casey in there and wow you would have things done and honestly.