William D. (Bill) Casey (Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley) vs. PM Harper.

An interesting riding to watch is Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley where Bill Casey currently sits. While the riding association has again nominated him to be the Conservative candidate, PM Steven Harper has stated that he will not allow him to run as a Conservative.

There are a number of interesting possibilities. Mr. Harper may not chance ignoring the local riding association and let him run. While not adequately understood, under our current electoral system the party leaders have the final say over any candidate nominations. Mr. Casey and the riding association that backs him may split from the Conservative party and run as an independent, possibly leading to one of those extremely rare situations where an independent not nominated by a party actually wins in our antiquated First Past the Post elected parliamentary democracy.