Who is Jim Hillyer? - Macleans.ca

Who is Jim Hillyer?


It remains unclear who the people of Lethbridge just elected.

He was dubbed The Man Who Wasn’t There – Jim Hillyer, a first-time Conservative candidate in the southern Alberta city of Lethbridge … He earned his moniker from a local newspaper after failing to show up at a pair of debates, repeatedly refusing interview requests and declining to speak to a local blogger who used Twitter to track him down while he was door knocking, an activity he said was more important. (In a video of the encounter posted online, Mr. Hillyer said he couldn’t talk because he had to use the bathroom.)

If nothing else, this election may be moving us closer to confronting some of the questions about the role and relevance of our MPs that are central to the current state of the House of Commons.