Frank Miller (politician)

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Frank Stuart Miller , O.Ont (born May 14, 1927 in Toronto , † July 21, 2000 in Bracebridge ) was a Canadian politician and in 1985 the 19th Prime Minister of the Province of Ontario for four months .


Frank Miller was born in Toronto and graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in chemical engineering in 1949 . After his professional career, he began his political career in 1967 as a member of the Bracebridge City Council . In 1971 he ran for the provincial elections. He was a candidate for the Muskoka Constituency of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and was elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly. He was subsequently re-elected in the 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1985 elections.

On February 26, 1974, he joined the government of Bill Davis as Secretary of Health . He planned to close a number of smaller hospitals and merge the city's health facilities, which met strong opposition. Miller became Minister for Natural Resources on February 3, 1977, and Secretary of Commerce and Finance on August 16, 1978. As finance minister he opposed the sale of Suncor in 1981 and made his resignation dependent on this question.

With the resignation of Bill Davis as prime minister, Frank Miller was able to assert himself within his party against Larry Grossman, Roy McMurtry and Dennis Timbrell for the party chairmanship and he inherited Davis on February 8, 1985 as prime minister. Still, Miller struggled to maintain harmony and calm among his followers. His appearance seemed awkward and embodied a rustic, backward image for some. His party went with a comfortable margin of 55% in the elections on May 2, 1985. However, he sparked by a television appearance with the leader of the Liberals , David Peterson , and the leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP), Bob Rae , a Controversy that damaged his public image. In addition, Miller had to implement a decision by Davis to separate government funding from Catholic separate schools . Even many party members refused to follow Miller, so that he could only win the election in May by a narrow four-seat lead over the Liberals. Miller could not find a coalition partner, so that after several weeks of negotiations, the NDP agreed to a minority government led by the Liberals . On June 26, 1985, Miller's tenure ended after only four months with a vote of no confidence and at the same time the 42-year dominance of the PC Party in Ontario.

A few months later, Miller resigned as party chairman, and was succeeded by Larry Grossman in November 1985. At the beginning of 1986 he also gave up the post of opposition leader . After leaving the Legislative Assembly, he became chairman of the Muskoka District Municipality . Frank Miller died of heart failure in 2000 at the age of 73.


  • Who's who in Canada , Toronto, International Press, 1994, ISSN  0083-9450 , p. 514.

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  1. Frank Miller, former Ontario premier dies , November 10, 2000