The House of Commons has a new Independent MP. Hyer has quit the NDP to sit more freely to represent his constituents. What that means to him and Thunder Bay – Superior North, is for others to tell you because I know only what I’ve read of the man’s bio on his website today. My hunch is that he’ll still usually vote as the NDP would, except on whatever significant issues he quit over. The press release suggests gun control and climate change inaction, which are two examples cited where parties are at loggerheads and act like block heads. Since Hyer is an ecologist, I have a faint hope that he’s planning to eventually join Elizabeth May as the second sitting Green MP this session of Parliament. If May can convince Hyer that he’d have enough freedom to vote against party policy where his constituents demand, she might have a shot. Sitting with the Greens would probably do more for the Greens than for Hyer’s re-electability at this point in his riding, so my hope is more of a fantasy I’m sure.
Hat tip to Reddit