Approaching the 30th anniversary of his first election to the House of Commons, Bill Casey, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, says the coming year will be his last in Parliament.
“I informed Prime Minister Trudeau and my staff of my decision,” said Casey. “I have tried retirement before and it didn’t quite take,” he added. “But I will be ready next year. In the meantime, my energy is good and we’re making great progress on many fronts. It will be business as usual until the election in October 2019,” said Casey, “but I will be 74 at the time of the election and it will be time to retire and spend time with my family.”
For constituents of Cumberland-Colchester, there will be no change, as both the Truro and Amherst offices continue to be staffed 5 days a week, 8:30-4:30.
Casey says he is anxious to get all that he can done in his remaining year in office. “I continue to focus on demographic and economic issues in Cumberland-Colchester. Sixteen of Nova Scotia’s 18 counties are experiencing population decline, including Cumberland Colchester. The answers lie in attracting more people to our rural areas, but that takes jobs, and good infrastructure, including high-speed internet.”
Casey was first elected in 1988 as a Progressive Conservative. He was defeated in 1993 by a Liberal sweep, but was returned in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008 before retiring for health reasons in 2009. He is the only Member of Parliament ever to be elected under 3 different party banners and as an independent.