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|
Jim Hillyer (born 8 July 1974) is a Canadian politician. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada 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 in Quebec.
He made a political comeback running for a seat to the House of Commons of Canada 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.
Between the 2011 and 2015 federal elections, the electoral boundaries in southern Alberta were changed. Raymond, where Hillyer lives, will be moved from the Lethbridge riding to the Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner for the 2015 election. In 2014, upon learning that Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne would not be running for reelection, Hillyer decided to seek the Conservative nomination for Medicine Hat rather than seek re-nomination for Lethbridge.
In July 2014, Payne announced that he would not be endorsing Hillyer for the 2015 federal election, citing Hillyer's poor service of his constituents: "I have no problem saying that I won’t be endorsing Jim [Hillyer] just because of the fact that I know he hasn't served his own riding, and I don’t want that to happen here .... I know that he has not serviced his riding very well. I've had people from Lethbridge, Cardston area and Warner area talk to me about the whole thing, so I certainly won’t be endorsing Jim."
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- 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.
- Stan Ashbee, "Lethbridge MP Hillyer to seek re-election but in Medicine Hat", Sunny South News, 2014-07-14.
- "Jim Hillyer Won't get Payne's Endorsement for Conservative Nomination", "CHAT-TV", 2014-07-22.