Medicine Hat Conservative MP Jim Hillyer has passed away, according to a statement released by interim Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose.
“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 says.
Initial reports have suggested Hillyer died in his office on Parliament Hill, but it has not yet been confirmed.
The 41-year-old MP is survived by his wife, Livi, and their four children.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement later this morning:
“It was with great sorry that I learned today of the death of Jim Hillyer… On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife Livi, their four children, and his friends and colleagues. The parliamentary community is a tight-knit one, and I want to say how much of a privilege it has been to serve with Jim. I know he will be greatly missed on the Hill and in his constituency. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they grieve this very sudden loss.”