MP Bill Casey to retire in 2019

Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey says this coming year will be his last in Parliament.

Approaching the 30th anniversary of his first election to the House of Commons, Casey says in a news release that he informed his staff and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of his decision.

Casey says, "I have tried retirement before and it didn't quite take, but I am ready this time."

He was elected as a Progressive Conservative in 1988, was defeated in 1993, and returned in the 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006 elections.

Casey was elected as an Independent candidate in 2008, and retired in 2009 due to health reasons, but was elected as a member of the Liberal Party in 2015.

Casey will be 74 at the time of next year's federal election.