“The new law would impose two options on an MNA unhappy with the party he was elected with: The first would be to sit as an independent for the remainder of his or her mandate and then run under the new banner in a regular election. The second would be to oblige the MNA to return to his or her voters in a byelection. And the byelection would be paid out of their own pocket. The average cost of a provincial byelection in Quebec is $600,000.”
I have zero problem with someone saying they no longer support the party they were were part of when being elected – you can’t compel someone to be affiliated with a given political party in a democratic society. That said, it should be 1) sit as an independent for the remainder of your mandate; or 2) run in a byelection under a new banner.
I’m not sure making the MNA pay for the election out of his/her own pocket is fair (wouldn’t that make it easier for wealthy MNAs to do this than working-class MNAs?) or even legal, but the idea of forcing a byelection is 100 per cent right.