Rick Miller (politician)

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Rick Miller
MLA for Edmonton Rutherford
In office
2004–2008
Preceded by Ian McClelland
Succeeded by Fred Horne
Personal details
Born (1960-07-23)July 23, 1960
Burns Lake, British Columbia
Died October 24, 2013(2013-10-24) (aged 53)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Liberal
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
For the Texas state representative from Fort Bend County, see Rick Miller (Texas politician).

Richard Arthur Miller[1] (July 23, 1960 – October 26, 2013) was born in Burns Lake, British Columbia. He was a politician in the Canadian province of Alberta and former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

He was elected on November 22, 2004 in the 26th Alberta general election in Edmonton Rutherford, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative and former member of the Canadian House of Commons Ian McClelland. Miller served as opposition critic for two portfolios, the Treasury Board and Finance. He was also the chief opposition whip for the Alberta Liberal Party. He was defeated in the 2008 election by Progressive Conservative Fred Horne.

In May 2005, Miller involved himself in the controversy surrounding the decision of then Conservative Belinda Stronach to cross the floor to the Liberals. After Tony Abbott, a fellow Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, made remarks comparing Stronach to a prostitute, Miller spoke out on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, condemning Abbott's remarks. After his speech, Abbott reportedly attempted to assault Miller in the corridor behind the Chamber.[2] Due to a security guard's intervention, a major confrontation was prevented. This matter was resolved when Abbott apologized publicly for any perceived wrongs. Though Edmonton-Rutherford was perceived as an Alberta Liberal stronghold since the 1989 provincial election (in which Liberal MLA Percy Wickman defeated Premier Don Getty in his own riding), Rick Miller lost by 58 votes to PC candidate Fred Horne in 2008; this margin widened in the 2012 election.

On October 26, 2013, Rick Miller died of prostate cancer in Edmonton, he was survived by his wife and two children.[3]

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