Casey lays down his bat

We’ve just heard the news that Bill Casey doesn’t plan to run in the next election. Wasn’t he just elected a few months ago?

Independent MP Bill Casey, who was kicked out of the Conservative caucus over the Atlantic Accord, said Tuesday he will not run again in a future federal election.

Casey, the Nova Scotia MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, said he was making the announcement “earlier than I meant to” to clear the way for potential candidates in the riding should an early election be called if the government’s budget is defeated on Jan. 27.

“I’ve been at it for 20 years, I’m the longest-serving member in the province and I’m 63 and all good things come to an end,” said Casey, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988.

“There could be an election triggered as a result of the budget . . . I want to give potential candidates the chance to think about this,” he said. “I’m not resigning now, I’m announcing now that I’m not running again, that’s all.”

There may indeed be an election triggered. Or maybe not. But Bill must have felt he has done given enough to his country, at least in the political realm. We don’t know who any party can get to fill his galoshes.

Casey said he won’t be endorsing any party in the next election and he’ll leave it to the people of the riding of Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley to choose his successor.

Casey, 63, said he made the “very, very difficult” decision with his wife during the Christmas holidays. [link]

Ah, that walk in the snow. We are sure there will be many in Atlantic Canada saying, ” Say it ain’t so Bill., ” decrying the loss of “this true folk hero

This shot, taken artfully from below, makes him look  a towering figure doesn’t it? CASEY4.jpg

Now there’s an idea –  a statue. We have so few true folk heros, and folk hero statues.

While the job of MP is satisfying and interesting, Casey said, he is interested in exploring new directions and is not quite ready for retirement.

“I would like to have another career yet. I figure there’s one more career left in me,” said Casey, adding that he has worked in the fields of housing, automobiles and investment.

Or maybe he’ll run for Premier.

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