Green party gains an MP, doubles its ranks in the House

Independent Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons...

Independent Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

OTTAWA — Independent MP Bruce Hyer has joined Elizabeth May and her Green party, which the former NDP member calls the "True Democratic Party."

"The Green party is the only one that doesn't whip votes," he said. "That means I can be more effective in representing my constituents."

Voters first sent Hyer to the Hill in 2008 as an NDP MP, but he left the caucus in 2012 after he was punished for voting to scrap the long-gun registry.

He then sat as an Independent and advocated for democratic reform and criticized vote-whipping in the three main parties.


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