|William D. Casey|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley
2004 – April 30, 2009
|Preceded by||new riding|
|Succeeded by||Scott Armstrong|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Dianne Brushett|
|Succeeded by||riding abolished|
|Preceded by||Robert C. Coates|
|Succeeded by||Dianne Brushett|
February 19, 1945 |
Amherst, Nova Scotia
|Political party||Independent (2007-present)|
|Progressive Conservative (1988-2004)
|Residence||Amherst, Nova Scotia|
Life and career
Casey was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He was a businessman and stockbroker before going into politics. He was first elected, as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, to represent the riding of Cumberland—Colchester in the 1988 election. In common with almost every other PC Member of Parliament (MP) in the 1993 election he lost his seat, in his case being defeated by Liberal candidate Dianne Brushett.
In the 1997 election, he retook the seat, defeating Brushett, and represented it until April 30, 2009.
In 2004, the PCs merged into the new Conservative Party. He was the deputy whip of the Official Opposition from 2004 until the 2006 election, and had served as the Conservative critic of Transport, International Trade, National Revenue, and Foreign Affairs in the past.
When the Conservatives' 2007 budget was released, Casey praised it, saying "I have never seen a budget that has had more in it for the people of my riding than this one does." However, on June 5, 2007, he voted against it, claiming that it broke the Atlantic Accord with his province and Newfoundland and Labrador. He was expelled from the Conservative caucus, and sat as an Independent MP. He styled himself as an Independent Progressive Conservative.
In October 2007, the Conservative Party riding association in Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley renominated Casey as its candidate for the 2008 election. The party's head office refused to accept Casey's nomination, and suspended the association's board.
On January 31, 2008 Casey underwent surgery for prostate cancer. His surgery was a success and all the cancer was removed. Casey previously had to have a cancerous growth removed from his back.
On September 4, the Green Party of Canada declared its support for his candidacy and announced that they would not run a candidate against him in the 2008 election. On October 14, 2008, Casey was re-elected as an independent by winning 69% of the popular vote. His nearest opponent was Karen Olsen of the New Democrats with just 12% of the vote.
During the 2008 Canadian parliamentary dispute, Casey announced he would vote against Harper in a motion of non-confidence. He announced in January 2009 that he would not run for re-election in the next federal election However, on April 28, 2009, Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald announced that Casey would be the senior representative for the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs in Ottawa for the province, replacing Ian Thompson. Casey officially resigned his seat April 30.
- MP Casey surprised at controversy caused by budget, Truro Daily News, March 22, 2007.
- "Tory MP ejected from caucus after budget vote". CBC News. June 5, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "N.S. premier urges revolt against federal budget". CTV News. June 10, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Riding uproar over Tories' decision to oust executive". CanWest News Service. October 29, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Surgery a success: Bill Casey recovering at home following prostate operation". Amherst Daily News. February 4, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Green Party will not run against Bill Casey" (Press release). Green Party of Canada. September 4, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Harper bets the House, wins another minority". The Globe and Mail. October 15, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Casey to vote non-confidence against his former party". Metro News Halifax. December 1, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Independent MP Casey won't seek re-election". CBC News. January 13, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- "Turfed Tory Casey to be Nova Scotia's chief lobbyist in Ottawa". CBC News. April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
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