Bruce Hyer, shortly before the NDP MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, has quit the New Democratic caucus to sit as an Independent MP, citing the lack of freedom for MPs, specifically relating to how he was told to vote on the gun registry, as the reason for his decision.
Hyer, who endorsed Nathan Cullen during the leadership, has really made my day. It speaks volumes about the NDP that despite having all this momentum, despite being the "government in waiting," they keep losing MPs.
Now, I doubt Hyer is going to join the Liberal caucus. Very much so. But wouldn't it be great if we had another MP cross the floor to us? We'd just have to offer him the right to vote freely - a right I don't disagree with, whatsoever.
This will dampen a few Dipper's spirits, after all, Hyer wasn't some rookie. Will it dampen their momentum? I doubt it. But people will see how hypocritical the NDP are, as well. They keep saying they're different from the Cons, yet it appears Hyer can no longer take the Harper-like control of his career.