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MPs who switch parties often find themselves forgiven
clorenz1 | February 14, 2006 at 01:35 pmby
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The case of Liberal renegade David Emerson has prompted anger over the idea of MPs switching parties, but history suggests voters can be forgiving of turncoats.
The first MP to change parties was Stewart Campbell of Nova Scotia who made the move in September 1868, just 14 months after Confederation. He was re-elected. At the time, parties were just forming and loyalties were tenuous, but it suggests a tradition honoured by time and, at times, by voters.