Bruce Hyer

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Bruce T. Hyer
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Superior North
Assumed office
Preceded by Joe Comuzzi
Personal details
Born (1946-08-06) August 6, 1946 (age 68)
Hartford, Connecticut
Political party Green Party of Canada
Other political
New Democratic Party (2004-2012)
Independent (2012-2013)
Spouse(s) Margaret Wanlin
Residence Thunder Bay, Ontario
Profession ecologist, businessman
Religion Unitarian Universalist[1]

Bruce Tolhurst Hyer[2] MP (born August 6, 1946) is the Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada and the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North. Hyer was first elected in the 2008 Canadian federal election, and re-elected with a wider margin in the 2011 federal election.

Early life[edit]

Hyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, United States in 1946.[3] In Connecticut, he was a police officer and also worked for the Connecticut state government. At age 29, he moved to Canada and lived in a tepee 15.4 miles (24.7 KM) west of Armstrong Station, Ontario.[4] While living there, he built a log cabin from scratch. This fulfilled a childhood dream of his.[5] In 1978, He moved to Thunder Bay where he started his wilderness and eco-tourism business. [4] Hyer met Margaret Wanlin after coming to Thunder Bay in 1978. They married in 1993 and have one son, Michael who was born in 1995. They also have a dog, named Buddy.[4]

Early career[edit]

Hyer was an ecologist and entrepreneur in the Thunder Bay area, operating an ecotourist company with offices in Thunder Bay and Armstrong. The former bush pilot was head of the North of Superior Tourism Board for many years before stepping down to run for office. He received a Master of Science degree in Forestry from Lakehead University in 1997.

Political career[edit]

New Democrat[edit]

He ran as a New Democratic Party candidate in two elections before being elected in the 2008 election.

On February 10, 2009, Hyer tabled Bill C-311[6] the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311) as his first private member's bill in the House of Commons. Other bills Hyer has introduced include Bill C-312 the Made in Canada Act,[7] the Cell Phone Freedom Act (Bill C-560)[8] and a number of motions including the Northwest Ontario Passenger Rail Motion,[9] which mandates the return of Via Rail service to the North shore of Lake Superior and to Thunder Bay. Hyer served as the NDP's small business and tourism critic from 2008 to 2011.


On April 23, 2012, Hyer announced he would sit as an independent after being disciplined for voting against the NDP's position on the gun registry.[10] One week later, it was revealed that he wrote a letter to the NDP riding association in Thunder Bay—Superior North shortly after his announcement, offering to apologize and to reconsider his decision if the party announced that it would allow more free votes for its members.[11][12] Hyer was a key note speaker at the 2012 Green Party Convention held in Sidney BC.[13] Hyer also campaigned for the Green Party in Victoria during the 2012 by-election.[14]

Green Party[edit]

On December 13, 2013, Hyer announced that he would join the Green Party of Canada, doubling the number of members the party has in the House of Commons.[15]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Bruce Hyer 18,303 49.8% +12.8
Conservative Richard Harvey 10,932 29.8% +3.0%
Liberal Yves Fricot 6,107 16.6 -11.7%
Green Scot Kyle 1,115 3.0% -3.9%
Marijuana Denis Andrew Carrière 266 0.7% -0.2%
Total valid votes 36,723 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Bruce Hyer 13,174 37.0
Liberal Don McArthur 10,083 28.3
Conservative Bev Sarafin 9,556 26.8
Green Brendan Hughes 2,463 6.9
Marijuana Denis A. Carrière 327 0.9
Total valid votes 35,603
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Joe Comuzzi 13,983 36.0%
New Democratic Bruce Hyer 13,575 34.9%
Conservative Bev Sarafin 8,575 22.1%
Green Dawn Kannegiesser 2,241 5.8%
Marijuana Denis A. Carrière 487 1.3%
Total valid votes 38,861
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joe Comuzzi 15,022
New Democratic Bruce Hyer 10,230
Conservative Bev Sarafin 7,394
Green Carl Rose 1,614
Marijuana Denis A. Carrière 645


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