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Casey undecided about another run in Cumberland-Colchester

Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland Colchester, also spoke at the opening of the new home.
Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland Colchester, has yet to decide if he will re-offer in next fall's federal election. - Dave Mathieson

MP says election is still more than a year away

AMHERST – It’s still too early to determine if there’ll be a rematch of the 2015 federal election during next year’s campaign.

While Conservative Scott Armstrong has been confirmed as his party’s candidate, Liberal MP Bill Casey said he hasn’t decided whether he will run again next October.

“I’m enjoying what I do every day. Every single day is interesting and rewarding and I really like what I do,” Casey said Monday. “I haven’t decided yet. It’s still over a year away.”

The 73-year-old Casey, who was first elected as a Progressive Conservative in the 1988 federal election, re-entered politics in 2015 after a six-year retirement and won the seat for the Liberals, taking 63 per cent of the vote to defeat Armstrong, who had served as the Conservatives’ Atlantic caucus chair.

Casey said he likes working within the Liberal caucus and believes the federal government has accomplished a lot in Atlantic Canada.

“If I run again I’ll be 79 by the end of the next term,” Casey said. “It’s a big decision and one that I have to talk to my wife and family about. It will be a family decision.”

Most of Nova Scotia’s 11 elected Liberal MPs have indicated they will be on the ballot next October.

Bernadette Jordan in South Shore-St. Margaret’s Bay, Rodger Cuzner in Cape Breton-Canso, Andy Fillmore in Halifax, Darren Fisher in Dartmouth-Cole Harour, Colin Fraser in West Nova, Sean Fraser in West Nova, Halifax West MP and Speaker Geoff Regan and Kings-Hants MP and Treasury Board President Scott Brison all told the Chronicle Herald they will be re-offering in the next federal election.

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