Election about being represented, not about Casey or Bernard, candidate says

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Election about being represented, not about Casey or Bernard, candidate says

TRURO - Voters have an opportunity to elect a member who will sit on the

government side and get things done locally, says the Conservative candidate

in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

Joel Bernard said he knows people are divided between supporting Independent

incumbent Bill Casey and the Conservative Party during the election


"This is not about Mr. Casey. It's certainly not about me. It's about this

riding being represented at the table for the next four or five years," he

said in an interview Wednesday morning.

"People want economic development. They know Stephen Harper is going to be

re-elected prime minister and they want to be at the table."

Bernard, who served in Bernard Lord's government in New Brunswick from 1999

to 2003, said it helps "when you're on the right team."

"It's harder when you're in Opposition to get things done," he said.

Bernard's winning of the Nepisiguit riding in northern New Brunswick was

historic, breaking a cycle of Liberal domination since 1897. He was one of

17 Conservative MLAs who lost in the 2003 election, which Bernard said was

won following an auto insurance crisis in the province.

Following his defeat, he left the province for Ottawa and worked at the

bureaucratic level until being hired in February 2006 as a director of

parliamentary affairs in the Public Safety Department. He currently holds

the position as senior policy advisor.

He disputes many peoples' claims that he has been parachuted in to the


"My name came up and they asked me if I would come and these are people

locally, this is not head office in Ottawa," he said frankly.

He believes politics is his calling.

"My desire has always been to serve people," he said. "Some people are

called to be doctors, and some are scientists, they grow up and they have it

in their blood. I wanted to serve the public through a public office."

Bernard is busy getting things set up for the election but has talked to a

number of people in the riding as he tries to determine what the key local issues



Organizations: Conservative Party, Public Safety Department

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Ottawa Nepisiguit

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  • luc
    January 18, 2010 - 11:22

    Most of you who support Casey probably have no idea what you're talking about. The deal that was finally signed by MacDonald and Harper is so much better than the previous one. And now that Casey shot his mouth off and got himself kicked out of the party, the normally Conservative voters of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley no longer have someone to speak for them ON THE TEAM!!!

  • Jill
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Maybe it s time for a fresh face....

  • dmac
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    Mr. Casey made a decision based on his principles and that is what the people of the riding wished. Mr. Casey had to have known that the British Parliamentary Tradition under which our Canadian system operates will not tolerate a Member of the Government Party to vote against a Budget Bill, Mr. Casey voted against the Budget Bill and was requested to leave the PC Caucus. Mr. Casey acted on his belief as well as the urging of the Premier of Nova Scotia (also MPs Mr. MacKay and Mr. Keddy were urged by the premier but did not comply) to vote against a Government Bill which impacted the Atlantic Accord concerning off-shore petroleum revenue sharing between the Federal and Nova Scotia revenue accounts vis-à-vis Equalization Payments. I suggest that there are maybe a dozen people in Canada who understand the complexities of Equalization Payment Atlantic Accord formulae and even fewer who can discuss these with any clarity. I doubt that Mr. Casey or Mr. Mackay or Mr. Keddy or Mr. MacDonald are among that dozen. An able man like Mr. Casey came out of the fray a bit Don Quixote like and that is OK by me. The disappointment in all this is the attitude of Mr. MacDonald as it goes to the heart of the matter regarding representation and the fact he also knew the repercussions of voting against a Government Budget Bill. I would not expect him to behave like Mr. Williams of NL, whom I suggest is definitely not one of the before mentioned dozen wise ones, with his rambling vindictiveness and vitriolic but, I would have expected Mr. MacDonald to have a bit more class in his treatment of Mr. Casey. BTW I checked out the NL papers this AM and I could not find any reference to Mr. Williams recent, hate laced speech against the Canadian Prime Minister, it appears that there are saner heads are in the NL media then in Canadian mainstream news providers.

  • bad man in bc
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    jill a fresh face that harper can add to his club.... LET MR CASEY FINISH WHAT HE STARTED LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD . JOEL BERNARD never heard of you and what do you think you can do better for this riding that mr casey been doing for years .i lived in amherst 47 years and i can tell you your wasting your time GOOD LUCK BILL

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    But isn't it all subject to some sort of fiscal capacity cap?

    I tried to find some sort of summation of the operation of both agreements and I can't find anything that's clear as mud.

    In any event why was it changed in the first place? I read that after the change Quebec suddenly got a large influx of money.

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:17

    Frank Speaker re *The Province is splintering itself off from mainstream Canada mostly due to poor politicans such as Mr Casey.*


    There are some who would argue that the Matitmes have been sending nothing but opportunistic carpetbaggers to Ottawa since 1867. Also, to splinter off an entity must first be united. Harper never completed his infamous assertion of *culture of defeatism.* If a peoples has been defeated, then it stands to reason there is a conqueror. Might the conqueror not be the nation of Quetario?

  • ABC
    January 18, 2010 - 11:16

    Anybody but Casey....This man did NOT consult his supporters- I am a member of the riding association and he never contacted the membership or the executive. He may have talked to his clique, but under no circumstances did he ever consult with anyone. ABC.

  • Luc
    January 18, 2010 - 11:11

    Warham, in a nutshell, Nova Scotia and NFLD can now use whatever equalization formula is more advantageous to them for that particular year. They can go back and forth if they want; the 2005 formula or the new formula that was introduced in 2007.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:05

    ABC So he didn't consult the assocation but locals are under the false belief he is representing them .Very interesting .If he were concerned about the interests of the people and the riding he would make way for a fresh new local face .The new person could reobtain the riding into the Government side .Anybody But Casey here proves that not all locals are stupid .After the election when we have an elected Belindapendent MP it will be a sad situation .Just a has been that never really was with even less for the future .IMO

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    You forgot to add this:

    2005 Accord:

    Clause four of the Accord guarantees that Nova Scotia will be the full beneficiary of its offshore resources with no clawback of equalization benefits at any time over the life of the agreement, no matter what equalization formula is in effect at any time, over the life of the agreement.

    2007 Accord:

    Section 81(a) of the Federal budget strips clause four out of the Accord by imposing a cap that claws back equalization payments to Nova Scotia without any corresponding compensation in offset payments, in direct violation of the Accord.

    Words from our Premier:

    .....Nova Scotia stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars...dollars the federal government promised we would have to support our efforts...our determined efforts ....to grow our economy...to become a have province and to begin leveling the playing field so our citizens pay roughly the same taxes for roughly the same services as other Canadians.

    In any event we signed it, we live with it.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    sorry MB from Ontario and guy who doesn't live here, Luc, I think CCMV will decide for themselves.

    As for your assumption that Casey cannot bring positive change or do anything is in all liklihood is wrong and in fact its just as likely that someone voted in as part of a party will disappoint us as they follow whatever the party wants.

    Are you calling people in my home riding Whiners, Mr. MB?

    MB is wrong, he can't even point out what he means by positive change. Thanks for buzz words come again.

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    Seeing as things are starting to get turf-sensitive, please note that I am now listing my community.

    Leaving us brilliant armchair quaterbacks aside, it is the CCMV electorate who will decide. Like most electorates, they appreciate their strokes. How sincere or do-able those strokes are is beside the point. How the dustup over The Accord was handled is, of course, a prime example. They fawned and barely tripped over themselves in exuberation. As I've mentioned before, Mr. Casey is a pro.

    Given that, the question comes down to how will he fare with what may likely be a Con majority government, given the history and baggage? Jason Warham, we've been through this. Again, I just don't see the analogy to Mr. Casey's sitting in a Lib government to be valid.

    Is there a return to the community by sending a very popular, yet lame duck MP to Ottawa?

  • Ken
    January 18, 2010 - 10:59

    Whether or not Bill Casey was right or wrong in his stance on the accord, his stance was done on behalf of the people he represented. For this, Mr. My Way or the Highway kicked him out.
    Now they want us to believe to vote for Mr. Bernard is voting for someone who can represent us on the Gov't side. NOT!!!!
    Harper only represents his agenda and NOONE or NOTHING else will be considered.
    Casey may not be the strongest voice, but he WILL BE OUR VOICE. A voice for the people by the people. Not a voice for the party or Get out .

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 10:59

    dmac: Thank you for putting out there what so many do not have the courage to admit, i.e. *there are maybe a dozen people in Canada who understand the complexities of Equalization Payment Atlantic Accord formulae and even fewer who can discuss these with any clarity. I doubt that Mr. Casey or Mr. Mackay or Mr. Keddy or Mr. MacDonald are among that dozen.*

    I gave it my best shot to understand the particulars of the Accord but, in the end, was left out of the loop of the annointed one dozen. However, after trudging trough the Accord maze of formulae and words, I was left with an impression. It is the impression that is NOT most acceptable to Nova Scotians.

    According to your analysis (with which I agree), Mr. Casey was left holding a political asset via his stance. If the asset was comprehended or not was a moot point. He proceeded to flog it to death, rooted on by an applauding and jingoistic public and media. I would suggest that his skills from a prior profession served him well.

    Our society has shunned rules and principles of merit. Witness the Green debate fiasco. The principle of getting to sleep in the bed that one makes for oneself has been gutted with the safety net of political correctness. No one is accountable; it is always someone else's fault.

  • Mike
    January 18, 2010 - 10:58

    There's no question Bill can represent CCM. The question is, Do you want your riding on the right side of the gov't to get money & jobs within your riding? Casey can't provide that as well as a Conservative candidate could.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    Mr Casey is just using this riding as a personal soap box .All talk no action .The Province is splintering itself off from mainstream Canada mostly due to poor politicans such as Mr Casey .The Tory party are concentrating on central Canada and the West while Nova Scotia mainly and CCMV particularly deals itself out of the game .Voters in CCMV can beat their gums about Harper and vote for Crazy but where will we be at the end of the election .We will have a big Lemon sold by a smiling used car salesman .The constituants will not be able to take their paranoia blathering out on Harper as they will have voted the Belindapendent in .They will not be able to blame Rodney either .So what will the Belindapendent be able to do other than think up some more obsecure things to brag about and think about obsecure things to whine about as to how the world is so unfare to poor Bill .The riding will be completely out in the cold and no prospects for years to come.The Belindapendent's prospects to being on the government side again are gone .The Liberals will have to replace Dionne and wait for another chance but that still leaves CCMV out in the cold .The British political system has a custom that if you make a family decision to leave for a policy reason then you leave .This guy has some compelling reason to spend time in Ottawa .The reason must be personal as he can't do anything for the riding other than provoke the Tory's to pull anything out of the riding they can think of . IMO

  • Don
    January 18, 2010 - 10:55

    why don't you come back to NB Bernard? Ran away as soon as you lost. Thank god we got rid of him. He's not about the people, he was a gopher for Lord and now he's a gopher for Harper. Send him packing, he has no intention of moving down there and he knows it.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:50

    right on Ronin. Let the condenscending flow of words swallow up poor Mr. Bernard.

    Lets begin:

    someone from Ontario/Upper NB to run in CCMV? Hello Mr. Pilon! Actually I have some sympathy for Mr. Bernard not much. Politics is inherently local and Mr. Bernard isn't local.

    He can claim whatever he wants but its easy to see he's a lapdog parachuted in.

    Goodluck Mr. Bernard, I can only assume your house isn't for sale whereever you come from. Have a wonderful visit and I suggest you enjoy the nice long drives in CCM.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:49

    how is it so much better luc? and who is this team?

  • Luc
    January 18, 2010 - 10:46

    To Jason Warham who also doesn't live here, do your homework, smartguy. If you actually read the deal, and I know you haven't, you'd realize how silly you sound.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:46

    Hey ABC, what do you mean he didn't contact the membership or the executive? Are you suggesting that our elected MP's must run things by executives and unelected members before representing his constituency?

    And Frank how does consulting the assocaition have anything to do with representing locals? Me thinks you guys are trying to start a fire. Offer up some proof that he didn't discuss things with the executive and then explain why he should have.

    HOw will it be a sad situation Mr. or Mrs. Speaker? I think it'll be great, someone with real leadership. Anything but Casey? Hell anything but that lame duck from Ontario more like it.

  • kathy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    In today's society what a person should do is vote for the person that they KNOW will repersent them and this case Bill Casey has proven that he does repersent you no matter what your party affliation. I say send this dude back to the province he came from and see if he can get voted in there if he is so good why does he have to come here. Then I would say get a good conservative leader so that we are not deviding the ranks. Stephen Harper is the problem here not Bill Casey - you go Bill

  • MB from the Maritimes
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    To Mike formerly from Amherst, NS . I agree with you 100% There is absolutely nothing that Mr. Casey can do for the people in his riding, no matter how much they whine. So why vote for someone who cannot and will not bring positive change in your riding folks? I agree with Jill from NS . It IS time for a fresh face.........that is if you want to see things change for the better. If not, then stick with Mr. Casey and keep on whining. That will surely help!!

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    Re He (Mr. Bernard) disputes many peoples' claims that he has been parachuted into the riding.

    And I have a bridge for sale. Cheap. Never used.

    Look, don't get me wrong. Someone's has do the sh*t work and we all know that. I mean realistically, what else is the man going to say?

    The fact remains that Mr. Bernard would not be standing at the plate as the Con candidate had someone from within the riding had the fortitude to go up against Mr. Casey.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    To Luc, that's why I asked if you could tell me why its so much better....smart guy. It seems you have read one agreement, have you parsed both?

    I just wanted to know if you could enlighten me why its so much better than the other agreement? Am I sounding silly asking you that question? Your lack of an answer to that simple question is quite telling. It would've been easier to point out the differences and throw some facts in my face. I guess you couldn't do it!

    Also I am a born and raised Amherstonian whose entire family resides within Cumberland County. In fact I'll be home this weekend, see you at the Tree!

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    How is the anaology not apt? Mr. Casey sat in opposition to the Liberals for many years. No complaints that CCMV suffered. In fact if I recall these same sorts of arguements were raised by liberal candidates. Vote in a liberal then at least you would have some one a part of the gov't in power and then MAYBE some pork barrel cash will come your way. As if it was as easy as that. As if Canada is like Hazard County. Don't vote for Boss Hogg and you will be on the outs. whatever.

    In fact voting in a member regardless of who is or isn't a part of the *victor* doesn't instantly mean that governement grants to organizations will dry up. It doesn't work that way. Liberal ridings still receive cash, hell Chuck Cadman an independant proved to be very powerful.

    You speak of returns? So money from the feds for our hospitals in amherst will dry up? yeah right, the conservatives will punish us by sending waves of boiling oil down the streets of CCMV.

    I don't buy your lame duck arguement. A MP of the governing party can be an even bigger lamer duck than an independent. CCMV will do fine whether we vote conservative, liberal, independant, ndp or even Green.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30


    don't buy your arguement that money and/or jobs will not come because a conservative candidate is not voted in. Bill represented the riding during the liberal years with no detriment to CCMV. Your arguement is also presumptious that the Conservatives will win. You aren't making much sense.

  • Luc
    January 18, 2010 - 10:29

    Warham, you're right, those are the two differences but under the new deal that MacDonald signed, NS and NFLD can opt in or out depending on whatever formula is more advantageous to them.

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:28

    boy, mr. or mrs. speaker me thinks you have a real distaste for Casey. So if he were still conservative you would love him?