Welcome, David Emerson, you unprincipled bastard...
As for Emerson, every time a politician spouts off about "doing what is best for my constituents" I want to puke. Here's Emerson:
Now don't get me wrong, I think that all elected representatives must think always of what their constituents want, but when it is so bald a power move, a personal power move, leaving them the fuck out of it would seem at least a little bit noble. But, no, not for Emerson, who then goes on to explain that his party affiliation doesn't matter because he really is "non-partisan":
I fundamentally went through the thought processes many times over, and came to the conclusion I can be more helpful to the people of my riding, the people of my city, the people of my province and the people of my country doing this, as opposed to being in opposition and trying to become a powerful political partisan which I have never been
I was elected to serve the people of Vancouver Kingsway... I will continue to serve them as the member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway. I have always served the people of my riding on a non-partisan basis, I run my office there on a non-partisan basis because I was running as a Liberal...So, either the electorate of his Vancouver riding knew that his Liberal party membership was a little joke for free signs or we're going to have to finesse the definition of "non-partisan". Yeah, on average I am non-partisan, I'm sometimes a small "c" conservative Liberal and sometimes I'm a small "l" liberal Conservative, whichever best suits the situation.
Just as I was beginning to think that Harper was a pretty smart guy, he goes and throws two big juicy bones to the opposition - this defection and the unelected