|Bruce T. Hyer
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Superior North
|Preceded by||Joe Comuzzi|
August 6, 1946 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party (2008-2012)
Green Party of Canada (2013-present)
|Residence||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
Bruce Tolhurst Hyer (born August 6, 1946) is an American-born Canadian politician, who was first elected to represent the electoral district of Thunder Bay—Superior North in the 2008 Canadian federal election, and re-elected with a wider margin in the 2011 federal election. He currently sits as a member of the Green Party of Canada.
Hyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, United States in 1946. 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. While living there, he built a log cabin from scratch. This fulfilled a childhood dream of his. In 1978, He moved to Thunder Bay where he started his wilderness and eco-tourism business.  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.
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.
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 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, the Cell Phone Freedom Act (Bill C-560) and a number of motions including the Northwest Ontario Passenger Rail Motion, 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. 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. Hyer was a key note speaker at the 2012 Green Party Convention held in Sidney BC. Hyer also campaigned for the Green Party in Victoria during the 2012 by-election.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Bruce Hyer||18,303||49.8%||+12.8||–|
|Marijuana||Denis Andrew Carrière||266||0.7%||-0.2%||–|
|Total valid votes||36,723||100.0%|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Bruce Hyer||13,174||37.0|
|Marijuana||Denis A. Carrière||327||0.9|
|Total valid votes||35,603|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Bruce Hyer||13,575||34.9%|
|Marijuana||Denis A. Carrière||487||1.3%|
|Total valid votes||38,861|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Bruce Hyer||10,230|
|Marijuana||Denis A. Carrière||645|
- Parliamentary Biographies
- "Beyond Politics - Catherine Clark interviews Bruce Hyer"
- WildWaters Nature Tours - A Small Boy's Log Cabin
- Climate Change Accountability Act http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Language=E&query=6747&Session=23&List=toc
- Made in Canada Act http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Language=E&query=5716&Session=22&List=toc
- Cell Phone Freedom Act http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=4640240&file=4
- Northwest Ontario passenger Rail Motion http://www.ReviveSuperiorRail.ca/
- "Bruce Hyer quits NDP caucus to sit as an Independent". CBC News. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- "Hyer tells riding association he's ready to apologize and return to NDP caucus". The Globe and Mail, April 30, 2012.
- "Hyer reconsidering?". Thunder Bay News Watch, April 30, 2012
- Bruce Hyer. "Convention 2012 - Bruce Hyer Speech". Green Party of Canada. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Hyer heads west to campaign for Greens". tbnewswatch.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer joins Green Party, doubles caucus". CBC News. December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.