Jim Hillyer (politician)
|Member of Parliament
30 May 2011
|Preceded by||Rick Casson|
8 July 1974 |
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Jim Hillyer (born 8 July 1974) is a Canadian politician. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the federal Conservative Party of Canada in the 2011 election, representing the electoral district of Lethbridge.
Hillyer is a native of Stirling, Alberta. Hillyer and his wife Livi have four children and reside in Raymond, Alberta. Prior to his marriage, Hillyer was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Quebec.
He made a political comeback running for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 Canadian federal election. He contested the electoral district of Lethbridge as a Conservative candidate and held for his party with a large majority.
His decision to not attend any candidate forums after his first was a controversial topic in the riding. Hillyer's absence prompted a local newspaper to dub Hillyer "The Man Who Wasn't There". He was also accused of inflating his credentials in campaign literature by emphasizing his graduate education but not mentioning the institution where he studied—George Wythe University—is a nonaccredited institution.
In December 2011, Hillyer stated in the House of Commons that he intended no offence when he made gunshot gestures with his hands as he voted to scrap the Canadian Firearms Registry. In promising not to make hand gestures in the Commons in the future, Hillyer suggested that "if people were offended they should blame whoever posted the six-week-old video [on YouTube] on the anniversary" of the École Polytechnique massacre.
- Hall, Vicki (3 May 2011). "Lethbridge: Victorious Hillyer says vote 'turned out for the best'". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- "Meet Jim Hillyer, M.P.", jimhillyer.com.
- Modney, Dori (20 April 2011). "Conservative Candidate Jim Hillyer Deletes Forums From His Campaigning". Country 95 News. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- Josh Wingrove, "Lethbridge's 'Man Who Wasn't There' heads to Ottawa as Tory MP", Globe and Mail, 2011-05-05.
- Canadian Press, "MP Hillyer shot down over gun vote antics", CBC News, 2011-12-08.
- Mia Rabson, "Hillyer sticks to his 'guns'", Winnipeg Free Press, 2011-12-07.
- Michael Bolen, "Jim Hillyer: Pat Martin's Speech On Robocalls And Second World War Veteran Elicits Eye Roll From Tory MP", Huffington Post Canada, 2012-03-02.