Bill Casey be­ing courted by fed­eral Lib­er­als?

For­mer MP hasn’t made decision on re-en­ter­ing pol­i­tics

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE

AMHERST - For­mer MP Bill Casey has yet to de­cide if he’ll be a can­di­date in next year’s fed­eral elec­tion.

“I still haven’t made an an­nounce­ment on what my plans are. I’m very in­ter­ested and would like to run, but there are some things I have to take care of first,” Casey told the Cit­i­zen-Record early Tues­day. “I’ll be mak­ing a decision soon but I still don’t know what that decision will be.”

Casey said he has had dis­cus­sions with the fed­eral Lib­er­als about re-en­ter­ing pol­i­tics as a can­di­date in 2015, but he hasn’t made his mind up. He said he has been given a clean bill of health by his doc­tor.

The

Brook­dale

res­i­dent

beat

ma­lig­nant melanoma and prostate can­cer and suf­fered a heart at­tack in Au­gust 2013.

Casey was the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive MP from 1988 to 1993, when he was de­feated by Lib­eral Dianne Brushett, and was the Con­ser­va­tive MP from 1997 un­til he was ejected from the cau­cus in 2007 after vot­ing against the gov­ern­ment bud­get be­cause it changed the At­lantic Ac­cord.

After serv­ing as an In­de­pen­dent, Casey was re­elected in 2008 but re­tired from fed­eral pol­i­tics in 2009 and ac­cepted a po­si­tion as Nova Sco­tia’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ot­tawa.

Casey said he de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with then Lib­eral MP Justin Trudeau when he was ejected from the Con­ser­va­tive cau­cus. Casey voted for Trudeau dur­ing last year’s party lead­er­ship vote.

“When I was ex­pelled from cau­cus I was put in the back row of the op­po­si­tion side of the House of Com­mons. The per­son sit­ting next to me was Justin Trudeau and I got to know him very well,” Casey said. “I’ve con­tacted him on a num­ber of is­sues since then and I feel he is the only leader who can best han­dle At­lantic Canada’s is­sues.”

The main rea­son he is con­sid­er­ing re-en­ter­ing pol­i­tics is be­cause he feels the par­lia­men­tary sys­tem is bro­ken and the role of MPs has been di­min­ished.

“MPs can no longer do their jobs ef­fec­tively and that’s wrong. The tools they have at their dis­posal have been ren­dered use­less,” Casey said.

Cum­ber­land Colch­ester Musquodoboit Val­ley Con­ser­va­tive MP Scott Arm­strong is not say­ing much about who he may be fac­ing next year.

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