By Darcy Cudmore
Sept. 29, 2015
Charlottetown Liberal MP Sean Casey has complete faith in Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as the 2015 federal election approaches.
Casey, who won the Charlottetown seat in the 2011 election under then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, called Trudeau “inspirational” in an interview a month before voters determine the next Canadian prime minister.
In the middle of a long campaign for both party leaders and MPs, Casey seemed to look at Trudeau as a co-worker more than a leader.
“He’s someone who inspires, he will never be a party of one. He’s happy to draw good ideas out of others.”
Casey’s wife, Kathleen, is a Liberal MLA representing the district of Charlottetown-Lewis Point since being elected in 2007. Casey volunteered within the Liberal party from 1988 to 2011 as poll captain and party president, among other things.
In 2011, after a four-term run as Liberal MP for the Charlottetown district, Shawn Murphy announced his intention not to run in the 2011 election. Casey was unopposed in his nomination and campaigned hard in the months leading up to the May 2 election.
Although a majority Conservative government was elected and Stephen Harper remained the prime minister, Casey won the Charlottetown district with nearly 40 per cent of the vote.
Now as his first term comes to an end, Casey is happy with what he was able to accomplish in the past four years. He’s especially proud of the work he’s done with an unemployed and under-employed group in Charlottetown, as well as the case-by-case work he’s done with individuals he’s met with.
“I’ve made a real conscious effort to be visible and approachable.”
This time around, Casey notices two differences. He knows the people as he campaigns and the strength the Liberal party has gained since Trudeau has taken over.
If granted a second-term in Charlottetown, Casey said he’d like to work on issues around the availability of family doctors, the rising numbers of poverty and, of course, the economy.
Trudeau has talked about rebuilding the economy more than anything in his campaign. Through planned infrastructures that will help create jobs for Canadians, as well as higher taxing on the wealthy, Trudeau is determined to bring the change to Canada he has talked about so much.
The same goes for Casey as he brings that attitude of Trudeau’s to help the people of Charlottetown.
“The party platform revolves around growing the economy. There is a great concern over young people having to leave (P.E.I.) to find work.”
On Oct. 19, 2015, the longest campaign in modern Canadian history will open up to the biggest vote in recent memory. In this three-horse race, anything could happen come election day, but Casey hopes he can continue to represent Charlottetown for at least one more term.