Paul Miller (Canadian politician)

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Paul Miller
Paul Miller at 2009 St. Paul's Nomination Meeting.jpg
Paul Miller at an ONDP event in August 2009
MPP for
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded by New riding
Constituency Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Personal details
Born (1951-02-07) February 7, 1951 (age 63)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Carole
Children 3
Residence Stoney Creek, Ontario
Occupation Mechanic, lobbyist

Paul Miller (born February 7, 1951) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in the 2007 provincial election. He represents the riding of Hamilton East—Stoney Creek.

Background[edit]

Miller was born in Hamilton but has lived in Stoney Creek since he was one year old. Miller worked for Hamilton Steel Hilton Works (formerly Stelco, now U.S. Steel Canada) as a mechanic-welder-fitter.[1] While at Stelco he was a member of the United Steelworkers (USW), Local 1005. On behalf of the union, Miller served as a lobbyist on Parliament Hill and at Queen's Park, participating in 9 different campaigns. He lives in Stoney Creek, Ontario with his wife Carole where they raised their three children.[2]

Politics[edit]

Miller served as a city councillor for two terms in Stoney Creek, Ontario from 1994 to 2000. During his time on council he chaired the Parks and Recreation committee and served as a member on several other committees.[2] As a youth, he worked on the election campaigns of his uncle, former councillor and Hamilton Mayor, Bill Powell. More recently, he worked for 2004 New Democratic Party federal candidate Tony DePaulo, and for 2006 NDP federal candidate and now Member of Parliament Wayne Marston.

On July 12, 2007, he was nominated to run in Hamilton East—Stoney Creek in the 2007 Ontario general election. Miller campaigned on a platform of job retention and a promise to push for an increase in the minimum wage. He also wanted the province to screen companies before they set up in the area. He defeated Hamilton city councillor Sam Merulla for the NDP nomination.[1] On election night, October 10, 2007, Miller defeated Liberal candidate Nerene Virgin.[3]

In April 2008, Miller introduced a private member's bill that proposed to create a severance fund for workers who were owed money when their companies closed. The fund would be used to cover severances, vacation pay and other items owed to workers. Miller said, "It would allow people ... to have a little bit of a nest egg to hold them over until they get retrained or find another job." The proposed fund which would have been financed by existing companies was criticized by Labour Minister Brad Duguid, who said the fund was "nothing short of a payroll tax" and that it was "irresponsible in this economy to jack up taxes on businesses, in particular in the manufacturing sector." The proposed bill was shelved by a government committee.[4]

In 2010, Miller introduced another private member's bill called the Eramosa Karst Feeder Lands Protection Act, 2010 that would protect land near the Eramosa Karst formation. Though he was a member of the NDP, Miller introduced the bill jointly with Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP (and Ontario PC Party leader) Tim Hudak. The bill proposed to permanently protect land occupied by streams that feed into the karst formation. The land owned by the Ontario Realty Corporation was designated for possible residential development. Miller called the lands a "geological wonder". He said, "These lands are the lifeline for the Eramosa Karst... we must move now to preserve the Eramosa Karst feeder lands."[5] The bill was passed into law in the spring of 2011.[6]

Miller was re-elected in the 2011, and 2014 provincial elections.[7][8]

He is the party's critic for Tourism, Culture and Sport and for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Paul Miller 20,361 51.6 +14.0
Liberal Mark Cripps 10,367 26.3 -8.8
Progressive Conservative Nancy Fiorintino 7,429 18.8 -2.5
Green W. Peter Randall 689 1.7 -3.2
Libertarian Greg Pattinson 305 0.8
Family Coalition Bob Green Innes 173 0.4 -0.6
Freedom Philip Doucette 133 0.3
Total valid votes 39,457 100.0
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Paul Miller 16,256 37.6
Liberal Nerene Virgin 15,171 35.1
Progressive Conservative Tara Crugnale 9,195 21.3
Green Raymond Dartsch 2,122 4.9
Family Coalition Robert Innes 451 1.0
Total valid votes 43,195 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nolan, Daniel (13 July 2007). "Merulla loses bid for NDP nod". Hamilton Spectator. 
  2. ^ a b About Paul, Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 6 (xv). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ Powell, Naomi (8 April 2008). "Committee shelves bill on severance fund for workers". Hamilton Spectator. 
  5. ^ "Unique karst threatened, MPP worries". Hamilton Spectator. 27 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Hudak, Tim (5 April 2011). "Congrats on victory to protect Eramosa Karst". The Sachem / Glanbrook Gazette. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 7. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "General Election by District: Hamilton East-Stoney Creek". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 

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