Bill Casey being courted by federal Liberals?
Former MP hasn’t made decision on re-entering politics
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.
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.