Canadian Tory MP left alone for voting against budget legislation
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
"In some ways, it was very difficult, in other ways, I just don't think I have any choice," Casey told reporters after citing the bill, which proposes to monitor the offshore oil and gas revenues that provinces receive, wouldn't benefit the province of Nova Scotia as it would lose equalization payments and it broke the Atlantic Accord with Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Earlier in the week, there was speculation in the media that Casey would vote against yesterday's bill. He said he asked Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to amend the bill but Flaherty refused.
Casey, who is currently MP for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, will sit as an Independent in the Canadian House of Commons. Current Independent MPs are: André Arthur, who was elected as an Independent,Louise Thibault, and Joe Comuzzi.
There have been a number of incidents in Canadian politics related to this one. On 21 March, Liberal MP Joe Comuzzi was expelled from the caucus after supporting the Conservative budget for funding of a cancer research centre in his riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North. "It's for a single issue that's of absolute critical importance to all the people in Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario, and that's the cancer research centre," Comuzzi said.
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