Bill Casey

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William D. Casey
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley
In office
June 28, 2004 – April 30, 2009
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Scott Armstrong
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cumberland—Colchester
In office
June 2, 1997 – June 28, 2004
Preceded by Dianne Brushett
Succeeded by riding abolished
In office
November 21, 1988 – October 25, 1993
Preceded by Robert C. Coates
Succeeded by Dianne Brushett
Personal details
Born (1945-02-19) February 19, 1945 (age 70)
Amherst, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal (2014-present)
Other political
Progressive Conservative (1988-2003)
Conservative (2003-2007)
Independent (2007-2014)
Spouse(s) Rosemary Casey
Residence Amherst, Nova Scotia
Profession Businessman, stockbroker

William D. "Bill" Casey (born February 19, 1945) is a Canadian politician from Nova Scotia. He is a former Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. First elected as a Progressive Conservative in 1988, he later sat as Conservative MP following the party merger in 2003. In 2007, Casey was expelled form the party for voting against the 2007 budget, but he was reelected as an Independent in the 2008 election and sat as such until he resigned his seat in 2009 to work on behalf of the Nova Scotian government for provincial interests in Ottawa. Casey decided to return to federal politics in the 2015 federal election, this time running for the Liberals.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1]

In the 1997 election, he retook the seat, defeating Brushett,[2] and represented it until April 30, 2009.

In 2003, 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."[3] 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.[4] He styled himself as an Independent Progressive Conservative.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

During the 2008 Canadian parliamentary dispute, Casey announced he would vote against Harper in a motion of non-confidence.[10] He announced in January 2009 that he would not run for re-election in the next federal election[11] 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.[12] Casey officially resigned his seat April 30.

On November 18, 2014, Casey announced he was running for the Liberal nomination in his former riding for the next federal election[13] and won the nomination vote on February 28, 2015.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Casey was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2006 and underwent two surgeries to have the cancerous mole removed.[16] He battled prostate cancer and underwent a surgery in early February 2008.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Atlantic region hands Liberals near-clean sweep". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 1993. Archived from the original on July 20, 2001. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Casey cruises back to power". The Chronicle Herald. June 3, 1997. Archived from the original on February 12, 2001. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ MP Casey surprised at controversy caused by budget, Truro Daily News, March 22, 2007.
  4. ^ "Tory MP ejected from caucus after budget vote". CBC News. June 5, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "N.S. premier urges revolt against federal budget". CTV News. June 10, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Riding uproar over Tories' decision to oust executive". CanWest News Service. October 29, 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Surgery a success: Bill Casey recovering at home following prostate operation". Amherst Daily News. February 4, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Green Party will not run against Bill Casey" (Press release). Green Party of Canada. September 4, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Harper bets the House, wins another minority". The Globe and Mail. October 15, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Casey to vote non-confidence against his former party". Metro News Halifax. December 1, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Independent MP Casey won't seek re-election". CBC News. January 13, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Turfed Tory Casey to be Nova Scotia's chief lobbyist in Ottawa". CBC News. April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Former MP Bill Casey wants to run for federal Liberals next year". CBC News. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bill Casey is the Liberal Candidate for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley". CBC News. February 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Casey wins Cumberland Colchester Liberal nomination for upcoming federal election". Truro Daily News. February 28, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ Cole, Darrell (May 29, 2014). "Amid warnings on melanoma rates, former MP Bill Casey shares his cancer story". The Amherst News. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey on mend after prostate cancer surgery". Cape Breton Post. February 28, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey expects full recovery from prostate cancer". CBC News. March 13, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 

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