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Message From Bill
 

Welcome to billcasey.ca. This website will offer you up to date information on what

I've been doing both in Ottawa and in Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley.

Should you have any suggestions for me regarding the website or anything else,

I encourage you to contact me. I'm always happy to receive feedback.

Thanks for dropping by and come back often for the most recent press releases

and news!

Bill

 

 

CONTACTING BILL:

By Phone: (902) 667-0882
By Email: billcasey45@hotmail.com
 

May 4,2009 - Dear Friends and Supporters

 

After serving as your Member of Parliament for Cumberland Colchester

Musquodoboit Valley for a total of 6,149 days, on Thursday April 30, 2009

I resigned my seat in the House of Commons to take a new position

as the Senior Representative and Agent General for

the Province of Nova Scotia in Ottawa.

 

During my tenure as your MP, I have been proud be your representative

and have done the best job that I can.  I have learned a lot about the riding,

the province and myself during this time. 

 

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that you have given me,

and the support that you have always shown. On behalf of my wife Rosemary and myself,

thank you all very much.

 

-Bill and Rosie

 

April 23, 2009
Casey gets more assurance that Federal Government will protect low-lying areas of the Bay of Fundy

Ottawa    During adjournment proceedings on Wednesday, April 22, Bill Casey, M.P. raised the issue of rising sea levels and the threat to low-lying areas in the Bay of Fundy and learned from Mark Warawa, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, that a regional impacts and adaptations collaborative program has been established by Natural Resources Canada.

            “I am very happy that a program has been established to better prepare for rising sea levels.” Casey said. “The Parliamentary Secretary was forthcoming on the rising sea levels and he said it had to be addressed and work is being done as part of the government’s adaptation response to climate change.” 

            Several weeks ago Casey learned that the government had set aside $800,000 to study the dyke lands between Amherst and Sackville. Phase I of the project will map dyke lands elevations, look at the projection of sea-level rise, coastal erosion rates and model sea-level rise/erosion, flood risk/erosion maps will be created and dykes, infrastructure, and buildings at risk will be identified. This project is being done by Natural Resources Canada with many regional partners.

            “I have asked for more information on this $800,000 study on rising sea level between Amherst and Sackville,” Casey said, indicating he has written a follow up letter to Mr. Warawa.

             “This is an excellent start but there is a long way to go,” Casey said. 
 
April 2, 2009
Casey presses Minister for funding commitment for the new Truro Civic Centre 
April 1, 2009
Casey disappointed in process chosen for transferring HMCS Chicoutimi
March 31, 2009
Casey introduces Private Members Bill on behalf of allied veterans
March 27, 2009
Casey requests information on federal contingency plans for rising sea levels around Nova Scotia
March 19, 2009
Casey points to new study as further proof climate change will effect Bay of Fundy
March 12, 2009
Casey calls on the federal government to commit to the Colchester Civic Centre project
March 6, 2009
Casey meets Environment Minister about global warming threat to the Bay of Fundy
March 5, 2009
Casey calls for more answers on sub maintenance contract
March 2, 2009
REMINDER TO VETERANS - DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR
AGENT ORANGE EX-GRATIA PAYMENT IS APRIL 1, 2009
February 26, 2009
Press Release - Rising sea levels puts Bay of Fundy constituents at risk
Federal government needs to partner with provinces to protect our communities 



January 15, 2009  - Call by Nova Scotia MPs to use shipbuilding as an economic stimulus
Bill (centre of group), joined fellow Nova Scotia Members of Parliament (from Left to Right)
Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore), Megan Leslie (Halifax), Geoff Regan (Halifax-West), and
Darrell Dexter (Leader of NDP in Nova Scotia) in Halifax to urge the federal government to follow
through on its plans to use shipyards as an economic stimulus and to invest in the
shipbuilding industry immediately. The MPs were joined by shipyard workers and union representatives.
January 14, 2009
Below are pictures from the reception held at the Best Western Glengarry held in Truro, Nova Scotia
on January 14, 2009. This event was organized to thank all of the volunteers, contributors and supporters
of Bill's highly successful federal election campaign.
(Thanks go out to Carolyn Hunt of Truro, Nova Scotia for providing these photos)   






January 14, 2009
Community's input sought on Canada Summer Jobs 2009
January 13, 2009
Casey will not re-offer in next federal election
December 17, 2008
Casey calls for input on Budget 2009
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM BILL
(As recorded by Rogers Canada on Parliament Hill)
Please note that the video message is best viewed on Apple's "Quick Time Player"
Here is a link to download the media player via Apple's website.

December 5, 2008
Independent MPs call for serious dialogue over the holidays
ATTACHED LETTERS IN FRENCH & ENGLISH
December 4, 2008
Casey reacts to prorogation
December 2, 2008
Casey requests proof that equalization cap won't affect
Nova Scotia be tabled in the House of Commons
November 30, 2008
Independent MP Bill Casey calls on all Parliamentarians
to deliver better government for Canadians
November 28, 2008
PRESS RELEASE - Economic update versus equalization
November 28, 2008
New updates from Parks Canada have been placed on the
Beaubassin Village - Our Living History webpage
November 27, 2008
Casey urges MPs to vote for Bay of Fundy as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature

November 25, 2008
OPEN LETTER TO FINANCE MINISTER FLAHERTY

Bill sent a two-page open letter to Minister Jim Flaherty this afternoon in response
to the Minister's request that opposition members provide suggestions on how the
government can save money and create jobs. Bill's suggestion centers on HMCS Chicoutimi,
one of Canada's Victoria-class submarines.  

PAGE 1 AND PAGE 2


TEXT OF THE OPEN LETTER:

November 25, 2008

 

The Honourable James Flaherty, P.C., M.P.

L’Esplanade Laurier, East Tower, 21st Floor

140 O’Connor Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5

 

Dear Mr. Flaherty,

 

        In response to your request today in Question Period for opposition members to provide suggestions on how the government can save money and create jobs, I have a guaranteed way for you to accomplish both goals. 
 
       The Department of National Defence (DND) wants to have one of its submarines, HMCS Chicoutimi moved from Halifax, N.S to Esquimalt, B.C., and DND also wants to have the fire-related damage to this submarine repaired. There are two ways to accomplish these two goals, but one costs millions of dollars more than the other.  The Department of National Defence is planning to use the more expensive method, with no benefit to the taxpayer. 

     

       The first way to accomplish both goals is to load the Chicoutimi on a specialized “Panamax Heavy Lift” transport ship and move it to Esquimalt.  There it will be unloaded and docked, and then the fire damage will be repaired.   The DND report outlining this plan projects that total transportation costs under this method will be as high as $16.84 million dollars.  


        The second option is to fix the fire damage in Halifax, as this was the plan in the first place, and then sail the Chicoutimi to Esquimalt under her own power.  Another DND report indicates that the total transportation costs of the submarine travelling under its own power will be a little more than half a million dollars to sail it to Esquimalt. 

       

       Both methods have the same result….the sub is in Esquimalt and the fire damage is repaired.  The only difference is that the transportation costs of one method are twenty five times more than the other.   

     

       The DND plan is to transport the Chicoutimi by "Panamax Heavy Lift Vessel" sometime between November 2008 and March 2009.   The plan estimates the cost to place the Chicoutimi on a foreign “Heavy Lift Vessel" and then transport the sub to Esquimalt will be as high as $9.94 million US dollars.  

                                                                                                                                                                   

 

       In addition, the report estimates the cost to ship the remaining parts and equipment is $1.5 million, and to relocate the sub on the dock following its arrival in Esquimalt is $1.9 million. 


       The total cost to move the sub and parts to Esquimalt is estimated at 13.34 million US dollars, or 16.89 million Canadian dollars at today’s exchange rates.

  

        Even at this price, the DND report indicates that the estimates as high as $9.94 million are “non-inclusive” and that “additional fees as yet non-disclosed” will be added.    The current DND estimates do not include the cost of the 18 military personnel listed in the report who will be required to relocate from Halifax to support the move.

  

    The DND plan indicates that the submarine will lie dormant at the dock in Esquimalt until 2010.  My proposal to do the work now will simply move that project and the related jobs forward.  Again, this achieves both of your goals of saving millions in transport costs, and creating much needed work now. 

 

       The “stores and equipment” for HMCS Chicoutimi are also currently warehoused in a hanger at Shearwater and at a building in Dartmouth.   The report states that the parts will be assembled and then shipped in a different ship at “approximately the same time” as the Chicoutimi heads for the West Coast.  The report indicates that there has been no identified warehousing found to store the components as yet in Esquimalt.  Finding appropriate and secure warehousing could increase costs again. However, if the sub is repaired in Halifax under the second proposal, there will be no charge for transporting the remaining parts because they will now be installed on the submarine, and will travel free.  

  

     It makes no sense to spend $16 million dollars more than necessary to achieve the same result.

 

       Please give this cost-saving job-creating suggestion serious consideration.  I look forward to your response.

                                                                                   

Sincerely,

 

Bill Casey, M.P.                                                         

Opposition Member of Parliament     


November 20, 2008 

Casey questions Finance Minister on Speech from the Throne's impact

on the Atlantic Accord and equalization


Recent Press Releases, Event News and Correspondence

October 30, 2008 -
Darrell Dexter, the provincial NDP leader called upon the provincial House of
Assembly to congratulate Bill  on his election victory and for his dedication to all Nova Scotians.
( http://www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/hansard/han60-2/house_08oct30.htm)

RESOLUTION NO. 4307

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker,

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the 2007 federal budget shocked Nova Scotians by breaking the offshore revenue accord that had ensured Nova Scotia would receive 100 per cent of the revenue from our offshore oil and gas developments; and

[Page 4434]

Whereas the Premier, this House and many Nova Scotians urged all Nova Scotia Members of Parliament to oppose the budget legislation that broke the offshore accord; and

Whereas the Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley provided a turning point in the effort to gain redress by voting against his own government, as requested;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Bill Casey on his overwhelming victory in the recent federal election, and thank him for his dedication to Nova Scotia's best interests.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried. (Applause)



REMEMBRANCE DAY INFORMATION
YOU SHOULD HAVE

www.remembernovember11th.com

This site, dedicated to Remembrance day,

has been produced by 2Lt Scott Mackintosh,

of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, entirely at

his own expense and by his own initiative.

I recommend that you take the time to review it.


October 27, 2008 -
The Bay of Fundy needs your help.

A message from the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership

Fundy for 7 Wonders CALL TO ACTION

 

Listen up Nova Scotians: the Bay of Fundy needs your help!

Fundy is competing in a worldwide contest to

declare the New7Wonders of Nature.

 

The Bay of Fundy is one of only 5 Canadians sites selected

to participate in this global contest .

 

We need to get the votes rolling in for Fundy before December 31, 2008,

when only one Canadian site will be chosen to represent our

country during the 2009 phase of the international contest.

 

Bay of Fundy Tourism made a compelling case for Fundy’s

inclusion in the contest and is now coordinating the voting effort

through its website & facebook group on: www.bayoffundytourism.com.

Here’s Fundy’s awesome case for becoming a New7Wonder of Nature:

  • it’s been compared in biodiversity to the Amazon Rainforest

  • it’s home to the highest tides in the world

  • it’s got world renown geology that’s been contributing to global dinosaur and fossil records for centuries

  • it’s the summer feeding area for more than half the world’s population of endangered North Atlantic Right whales

  • it’s a critical feeding ground for 90+% of the world’s population of semi-palmated sandpipers

  • it’s the best site in the world for tidal power potential

  • UNESCO has recently recognized the upper Bay of Fundy as a Biosphere Reserve and Joggins Fossil Cliffs as a World Heritage Site

Currently the New7Wonders of Nature contest has over 400 sites participating worldwide and expects 1 billion online votes by the contest’s conclusion with the winning 7 sites.

 

Vote online for Fundy now through www.bayoffundytourism.com

 

Here is the poster regarding the contest, in PDF format:

 

 


2008 ELECTION RESULTS - OCTOBER 14, 2008
(40TH GENERAL ELECTION)

INDEPENDENT -  BILL CASEY  27,303  (69% OF VOTE)

NDP - KAREN OLSSON - 4,874

CONSERVATIVE - JOEL BERNARD 3,493

LIBERAL - TRACY PARSONS - 3,344

INDEPENDENT - RICK SIMPSON - 551


October 10, 2008 - Casey's campaign headquarters broken into

 

September 23, 2008 - Bill on CPAC
Bill, and the riding was profiled on the
CPAC channel as part of their
"Campaign Politics" series.

 

 

Bill invites constituents to visit the CPAC home age at www.cpac.ca to view

the "Campaign Politics" video. 

 


This 1 hour program had been replayed on CPAC's
TV Channel on September 26th at 4pm EST/5pm ATL

September 21, 2008

Veterans Memorial Garden in Bass River

On Sunday, September 21, 2008 Bill visited the Veterans Memorial Garden in Bass River to attend the

flag raising ceremony to honour International Peace Day. He expresses his sincere thanks to MLA Karen Casey,

Dr. Karen Ewing, of the Colchester Community Health Centre and all of the

community volunteers who made the park a reality. For more information please visit www.billcasey.blogspot.com

Pictures of the park are below

September 15, 2008

National Do Not Call List - Starting September 30, 2008, constituents will be able to register their phone numbers on-line to reduce

unwanted telemarketing calls and faxes. Follow the link on the date line to information about the National Do Not Call List posted on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) website.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 - ELECTION 2008 BEGINS

 

September 5, 2008

Press Release in response to Tracy Parson's Press Release

Re: Endorsement of Green Party of today's date 

 

August 25, 2008

Casey calls cancellation of tender a double standard for Nova Scotia

 

August 19, 2008

Casey calls on federal government to directly support dike rehabilitation efforts

 

July 8, 2008

Casey commends Joggins Fossil Cliffs team on UNESCO designation

 

July 3, 2008

Casey disappointed with award of submarine maintenance contract to west coast group 

 

June 19, 2008 - Community Announcement

On behalf of the Shoreline Journal publication, Bill is pleased to pass along to the community the following information about the

75KM yard sale that is scheduled to be held July 12 and 13th:

75 Km Yard Sale

Sat-Sun – July 12 & 13

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

(Both Days)

Mingo’s Corner, Onslow along Highway # 2 to Parrsboro.  

Residents are encouraged to clean out their attic, garage and basement and get ready. Community groups are encouraged to organize fund raisers through hosting their own yard sale, bake sales, sandwiches, soft drinks, refreshments. 

This event is being advertised on Radio, daily newspapers and for 3 weeks in 56 newspapers throughout New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia reaching 340,000 homes. Info: 902-895-0788, 890-9850 E-mail: wccda@ns.sympatico.ca

June 18, 2008

Casey protests fisheries committee treatment of Nova Scotia

 

June 17, 2008

Casey questions need for three equalization programs

 

June 10, 2008

Casey asks Finance Minister for answers on equalization, status of the Crown Share Panel

 

May 13, 2008 - Open letter to Fabian Manning, Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

outlining concerns over the committee's lack of a public meeting in Nova Scotia as part of its study on the operation and maintenance

of small craft harbours. (Attached are both pages)

 

PAGE 1  AND PAGE 2  

 

NOTE: Attached to the two page letter were two media articles - "MP Casey goes to bat for Barrachois fishermen" (The Truro Daily News) and

"Lobster fishermen struggle to make ends meet" (The Chronicle Herald)

 

May 12, 2008

Casey comments on Canada First Defence Strategy  

 

May 10, 2008

HONOURING OUR VETERANS -

Bill presents medals to local Veteran Donald Gourley of Stewiacke

 

Bill traveled to the United Church Hall in Stewiacke and presented Veteran and former Merchant Mariner Donald Gourley

with medals earned for his service to Canada in World War II. The medals presented included the Atlantic Star, the Volunteer Service Medal and

the War Medal.

 

Bill was honoured to be a part of this ceremony, which involved Mr. Gourley's family and close friends and is grateful to know about the strong military traditions in the Gourley family, including the fact that both of Mr. Gourley's brothers served Canada during the War, and that his daughter, grand daughter and son-in-law have also worn, or are wearing the uniform right now. Below are pictures from the ceremony.    

 

The picture on the left shows Bill and Donald during a presentation of one of his medals, and the Picture on the right shows

from left to right, Sgt. Jane Swallow (Donald's daughter), Bill, Mr. Gourley, and Brian Swallow (Mr. Gourley's son-in-law)

 

April 23, 2008

Brenda Martin found guilty - Casey hopes for swift extradition to Canada

 

April 17, 2008 COMMUNITY BULLETIN - TATAMAGOUCHE

CENTRE'S BREAKING THE SILENCE PROGRAM

ANNOUNCES 2008-09 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN GUATEMALA.

 

Information for the community from Kathryn Anderson Coordinator,

Breaking the Silence Network, Tatamagouche Centre:

 

 

Tatamagouche Centre's Breaking the Silence Program is pleased to announce

the 2008-09 Internship Program in Guatemala.

 

The Canadian International Development Agency

has approved the following Internships:

 

1. Gender and Human Rights Officer with the Bufete Juridico Popular de Rabinal

(Rabinal Community Legal Aid Office)

                                                                                 

2. Community Health Training Advisor with the Fundacion Nueva Esperanza

(New Hope Foundation), Rabinal

 

3. Youth-At-Risk Programs Facilitator with the Presbiterio Kaqchikel

(Kaqchikel Presbytery), Chimaltenango

 

4. Environmental Education Officer with the Ija'tz Agro-Ecological Centre, San Lucas Toliman

Applications must arrive no later than midnight, Mon., May 19th.

 

The information/application package has been placed on the Tatamagouche Centre Website,

www.tatacentre.ca
 
Many thanks,
 
Kathryn Anderson
Coordinator, Breaking the Silence Network
Tatamagouche Centre  (
kathrynande@gmail.com)

 

April 11, 2008

Casey's open letter to Minister of National Defence in regards to Victoria-Class In-Service Support Contract

Page 1 and Page 2  

 

April 10, 2008

Casey appears before Government Operations Committee

to ask about submarine maintenance contract

 

April 4, 2008

Casey urges groups to access the Enabling Accessibility Fund     

 

April 3, 2008

Casey asks Public Works Minister for answers on sub maintenance contract

 

April 2, 2008

Casey meets Mexican Ambassador, plots course forward

on Brenda Martin case CORRECTED VERSION

 

March 27, 2008

Casey will soon meet Mexican Ambassador in Ottawa

 

March 19, 2008

Casey asks Mexico's government

to release Brenda Martin

 

Note to billcasey.ca visitors:  Some of you have advised that you cannot open the attached letter to the

Mexican Ambassador. Here is the wording of the letter for your review:                                                                                                                                                   

March 17, 2008 

His Excellency Emilio Rafael José Goicoechea Luna
Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico  

45 O'Connor Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

 Dear Ambassador,

            My constituents and I are very concerned about the treatment of Ms. Brenda Martin, a Canadian citizen currently imprisoned in Mexico.  It appears to me that she is only guilty of being a cook for a person who is alleged to have committed crimes in Mexico.  Although not proven guilty of any crime, she has already suffered a great deal.

I respectfully request that the appropriate authorities in Mexico release Brenda Martin to Canada based on the fact that the punishment that she has already received from Mexican authorities exceeds an appropriate penalty for the accusation against her even if it was true.

Many of my constituents, including members of my staff and I have traveled to Mexico recently on vacations, but if this issue is not dealt with soon, many Canadians will not be visiting Mexico ever again.  The Brenda Martin incident combined with several other recent justice issues involving Canadians visiting Mexico are becoming a national concern in Canada, and it is only a matter of time before more people speak out about these events in your country.    I know of no other country where Canadians have suffered severe consequences as they have recently in Mexico.

In order to maintain the good relationship that Canada has had with Mexico for many decades, it is imperative that this matter come to a positive conclusion immediately.  If this case is not resolved soon, I consider it my responsibility to notify every single one of my constituents to caution them that their safety is at risk in Mexico, and that Mexico does not respond to Canadian attempts to seek justice on their behalf.   

Every Member of Parliament is able to send a "householder" to every constituent in their riding four times a year.  My next "householder" will include this caution if Ms. Martin's case is not concluded, and I know that many other MPs are considering the same action.  Obviously our preference is to have Ms. Martin's case resolved and an improved line of communication between justice authorities in Mexico and Canada established.  Thank you for considering my thoughts.

Sincerely,

 

Bill Casey, M.P.

Cumberland Colchester

Musquodoboit Valley

 

 

Have your say, write to the Mexican Ambassador

at the following address (regular mail and email)

His Excellency Emilio Rafael José

Goicoechea Luna
Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico  

45 O'Connor Street, Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4

info@embamexcan.com

Fax: (613) 235-9123

_____

March 2008

CASEY CALLS ATTENTION TO CF DISCOUNTS dot CA

Recently, a former member of the Canadian Forces named Christopher Smith made contact with the office to let us know about

his website www.cfdiscounts.ca. This site is beneficial to military members both past and present and it is designed to be a single source to

current and former CF members where they can find businesses, from anywhere in Canada, that offer discounts or specials as a way to show their

support and appreciation. Please find a link to Mr. Smith's website to the left under "For The Troops".                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

March 13, 2008

Environment Minister should toughen government's own greenhouse gas standards

 

March 11, 2008

Casey calls on Prime Minister to cease negotiations on sub maintenance contract

(This press release has multiple attachments)

 

March 6, 2008

Casey calls on the Auditor General to review submarine maintenance contract

(This press release has multiple attachments)

 

January 21, 2008

BILL WINS POLITICAL WILL AWARD FROM

NOVA SCOTIA ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

 

Bill was presented with an award for his Political Will by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN).

Pictured with Bill (from the right) is the Executive Director of the NSEN (left) and Fred Blois (right),

a member of the Citizens Against the Burning of Tires (CABOT), who nominated Bill for the award.

Bill is the first politician to get the Political Will award.

 

 

January 30, 2008

Casey reminds employers of application deadline for summer student job grants

 

January 9, 2008

Casey pleased Crown Share panel members have been appointed

 

 

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