Canadian Opposition Lawmaker Jim Hillyer Dies Suddenly in Ottawa

A Canadian member of Parliament has passed away suddenly in Ottawa from an unspecified medical issue.

Jim Hillyer, a 41-year-old lawmaker representing a district in Alberta, died in the capital Wednesday, Conservative Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose said in a statement.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Jim Hillyer,” she said. “Jim was a valued and hardworking member of the Conservative team, and a passionate advocate for those he represented. More than that, he was a dedicated husband and father, and a man of strong faith and conviction. I pray that his and his family’s faith will help them through this very difficult time.”

She did not specify the cause of death. First responders were called to Ottawa’s Sparks Street, home to many MPs’ offices, at 5 a.m. Wednesday for a medical emergency and the death isn’t considered suspicious, Ottawa Police spokesman Constable Marc Soucy said. “There’s nothing criminal about it,” he said.

Hillyer was first elected in 2011 and was re-elected last year. He developed an unexpected bone infection last month stemming from an earlier leg injury, local media reported at the time. He last voted in the House of Commons on Feb. 3.

“On behalf of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, I offer my deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Livi and their children as they deal with this painful loss,” Ambrose said.

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