Head of Tory riding association backing Casey

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The acting chairman of the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Conservative Riding Association is stepping aside for the federal election campaign.
Scott Armstrong told the Truro Daily News on Monday he was leaving the post to help with ousted Conservative caucus member Bill Casey's campaign. He will be working behind the scenes in the Independent member's re-election bid.
"I am not leaving the party whatsoever," he said.
"I have a strong personal loyalty to Bill and Rosemary Casey and that's something that's very important to me. At this point I cannot do both so I have to choose. My choice will be to stick with my friend for this campaign, but in any other riding in this country I will be working for, and supporting, the Conservative government."
Casey was expelled from the Conservative caucus in June 2007 for voting against the party's budget which altered Nova Scotia's cherished offshore agreement with the federal government, the Atlantic accord.
"This has absolutely been the biggest crisis our association has faced probably since we were formed in 1867," Armstrong said.
The Conservatives have a long history in the riding. During the past 17 elections, the Conservatives or Progressive Conservatives have won 16 times.
The Conservatives have not named who their candidate will be for the Oct. 14 vote, but word is there are a couple of names being discussed.
Armstrong said the federal party and the local riding association has worked hard behind the scene and "exhausted every option" to try to find a resolution but one could not be reached.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Conservative Riding Association, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:22

    How can you say, HB, that he is doing fine as an Independant? What about the people he represents? Didn't you notice that the recent handout of cash to a very few parts of NS didn't include CCM? Why did Sheet Harbour get $2,000 for its UFO festival and we didnt' get anything for our Marsh Monkey Marshmallow festival? I blame Harper, McKay, Casey and UFO's for this mess.

    What we need is a Pilon (thank you Mrs. or Mr. Speaker) with Harpers face painted on it to run. The Pilon will always say yes to Harper and then maybe just maybe I can get some money to have my Monkey Festival.

  • Greencrow
    January 18, 2010 - 11:22

    Armstrong is still saying he supports Stephen Harper and Bill Casey... You can't do both. But then again you are Conservative so you can say one thing and do another.

  • Steve
    January 18, 2010 - 11:18

    It appears that Mr. Harper has indeed *parachuted in* that Pilon the everyone is wanting

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:15

    Mr Hallie and Bob Coates knew when it was best for everyone to step down .If Mr Harper gets an increase in seats as seems probable he definately will not be interested in taking a non team player back into the Government .CCMV will be left with Crazy the Belindapendent .He will be the first Belindapendent elected since Confederation and we will have to suffer his ensuing four years of bragging about that feat .The bohunks who blindly follow really have no idea what they are voting for or following ,what a pity . Crazy says he will ensure the riding is treated fairly ,Harper will just scoff at him .Crazy says he is going to stop the Bay of Fundy from rising LOL . I am sure the bohunk dupes believe it .How is he going to do it without federal fundung for the riding ? Is he going to go down to the shore for twelve hours a day and yell at the tide to stay out ? Go elect your Belindapendent and join him down at the shore yelling at the waves as that is all you will get .IMO

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    Me thinks there may be a few folks in the riding with blinders on. Casey will win the riding, that's a no-brainer. However, he will do so within the context of a Con majority, if not a sweep. There are actually a few numbers starting to turn up that show NS Lib-held ridings going Con. That good old basic principle of self-interest is showing.

    Within this picture CCM is left twisting in the wind for four years of Con government...with its very popular, independent MP. Maybe at some point Casey will have to do a mea culpa re backing the wrong horse when Harper won the leadership, still bleeding PC blood, etc. and crawl back into the caucus.

    Lovely game, this politics stuff.

  • Jack
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    Shoulda done this months ago and maybe that would have resolved the problem.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    huh? so Mrs. or Mr. Speaker says don't vote for casey cause we need someone from a con. majority to have the gov't play the maritime trough and then we have Mr. Ronin saying that with Casey as an Indp within a Con Majority we will get nothing and also by implication that even with a Con in a Con maj we will get nothing for my Monkey Festival. Additionally Ronin says with a Liberal Gov't we will get money for my Monkey Festival no matter who is elected in CCM.

    So vote liberal everyone so we can get my Monkey Festival funding released.

  • Jill
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    I think a few people are cheering. Time for renewal in this old boys club.

  • HB
    January 18, 2010 - 10:50

    Even if the conservatives ask Bill back into the party, he should tell them where to stick it. He's doing just fine as an independent, other MP's could take a lesson from this man. In fact, he has shown that if you actually stick to your principals, you can do quite well in politics.

    Let's face it, there's almost no point in anyone running against him, this election is a non-issue in this riding. No point even putting out the signs. The other parties know this, which is why they're all stepping aside.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:48

    ccm left twisting in the wind? how many years was Casey one of the lone PC's in governement during the liberal years?

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    I would imagine that in the current era and political context, a Con majority may be a greater detriment to Casey than a Lib majority. The Libs, at the time you mention, were masters of cheque book federalism. They knew well how to play the Maritime trough. The Cons on the other hand, are quite blatant about how little use they have for the Maritimes or for the political support the region could offer. Quite simply, they don't need it.

  • Icy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    Dictionary.com defines Con as:

    involving abuse of confidence; to swindle, trick; to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.; a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk.