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The Canadian Press interviews the previously elusive Jim Hillyer.

A local student group revealed during the campaign that his “MA in Political Economy” and “advanced PhD studies in Constitutional Law” came from tiny George Wythe University. It’s located off the side of a highway in Cedar City, Utah, and is not accredited to grant recognized degrees. The school was founded in 1992 by a man who argued that The Book of Mormon contains “all the necessary fields of study, at levels from kindergarten to doctoral studies … both for religious and secular education.” 

Hillyer, who also has a BA in philosophy from the University of Lethbridge, said the complaints about his credentials come from “bitter people grasping at straws and finding anything.” He said the notion of university accreditation is misunderstood and overrated: “Theoretically, a school could form it’s own accreditation body and call itself accredited.”


 

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  1. Reading that article leads me to the impression that he’s a snake oil salesman.  He should fit in well on Parliament Hill.

  2. Never mind his academic qualifications.  Could he help manage a pub? 

    • Have you ever been in a campus pub ? Lays a great foundation for a
      career in advanced diplomacy. 

      • My point exactly.  If he can claim anything that specific, we will have some idea of what he can (or can’t) do.  

  3. As long as he is a true believer in the awesome miracle-making capacity
    of magic free marketeering all flaws can be forgiven. :) 

  4. “Theoretically, a school could form it’s own accreditation body and call itself accredited.”

    Excellent! This will go a long way to helping pad my resume.
    – The Right Honorable Dr. Reverend Emeritus Christopher White, Esq, PhD, PC, (UofMyCat)
     

  5.  His campaign website said he was “an educator who’s completed PhD studies in constitutional law”. PhD doesn’t mean anything from a place which is not accredited to give out degrees.  And “completed” in this context seems to mean the same thing “completed black belt classes” would mean for someone who took some beginning karate classes.  Another liar in Parliament.

  6. Another vetting success!

  7. …”an educator who’s completed PhD studies in constitutional law” from a school in Utah. 

    Um, whose constitution are we talkin’ bout here?

    •  Yeah, that’s another lie by omission. Claiming to be an expert in constitutional law in Canada while being an ‘expert’ in, presumably, US Constitutional law is pretty sad.

      This guy is an embarrassment.

  8. Hillyer went to a school that had the integrity to recognize that it should not be accredited. So the real question is whether those who went to accredited schools lack integrity.

    • Really?  That’s what you take from this story?  “Well this guy’s obviously fine, but I doubt everyone else’s credentials?”

      • You may want to update your browser, it apparently doesn’t recognize sarcasm tags.
         

  9. ““Theoretically, a school could form it’s own accreditation body and call itself accredited.”

    And theorotically someone could make their own certificates with a crayon and call themselves educated. What’s with regulation anyway, isn’t this between the student and his or her God?

    • Should we call this a lifestyle choice? 

  10. This guy has the right idea. Distinctions are for pedants. If none of us are special, then it follows  we must all be special. 

  11.  Without diminishing any of the foregoing, can we get an academic credentials check on reporter Bruce Cheadle and/or his editors for the apostrophe sin?

    He said the notion of university accreditation is misunderstood and overrated: “Theoretically, a school could form it’s own accreditation body and call itself accredited.”

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