BC Premier #31: The Premier Who Did Not Write The Crucible

Hey, look at me, writing my BC premier series posting for the second week in a row. w00t!

Name Arthur Daniel Miller or possibly Daniel Arthur Miller1
Born: December 24, 1944 in Port Alice, British Columbia
Died: hasn’t
Party: NDP
Held Office: August 25, 1999 to February 24, 2000
  • born on Christmas Eve in 1944
  • goes by the name Dan, probably because he doesn’t want people to think that he wrote The Death of a Salesman
  • he was a millwright. And his name is Miller. Isn’t that kind of like if I became, um, a snow plow driver?
  • served as a city councillor in Prince Rupert
  • served as the MLA for Prince Rupert from 1986 to 1991, when the riding was dissolved. Unless you believe the The Canadian Encyclopedia, which claims he was elected as the MLA for the North Coast in 1986.
  • served as the MLA for the North Coast from 1991 to 2001
  • held such posts as:
    • Minister of Forests (1991 to 1993)
    • Minister of Skills, Training and Labour (1993 to 1996)
    • Minister of Municipal Affairs (1996 to 1997)
    • Minister of Employment and Investment (1997 to 1998)
    • Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Northern Development (1998 to 2000);
  • became Deputy Premier in 1992
  • when Glen Clark resigned in August 1999, Miller was selected during an emergency caucus meeting to become interim Premier until the party held its leadership convention. Miller was chosen because he was boring “steady and uncontroversial,” which is probably a good idea when your last leader resigned due to scandal
  • did not run for re-election in 2001 (the election where the NDP was decimated)
  • has since worked in various positions in forestry and oil & gas

In summary, Clark Miller did a lot of things, but is very boring to write about.



  1. depends if you ask Wikipedia or The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Government of BC biography page only refers to him as “Dan Miller,” so they are no help []

Comments |5|

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Legend *) Required fields are marked
**) You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>
Category: BC premiers | politics