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Memorable Manitobans: Saul Alecs Miller (1917-1993)

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Saul Alecs Miller
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Municipal official, MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Winnipeg on 27 January 1917, he was educated at the Peretz School, Aberdeen School, St. John’s High School, and the University of Manitoba. He launched his political career in West Kildonan in 1953 as a school trustee, becoming alderman in 1959 and Mayor of West Kildonan in 1967. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1966 and was re-elected in 1969, 1973, and 1977. He held the ministerial portfolios of Youth and Education (1969-1971), Minister of Colleges and University Affairs (1971-1973), Minister of Urban Affairs (1973-1974, 1974-1977), Health and Social Development (1974), Minister Responsible for MHRC (1974-1976), and Finance (1976-1977) in the Schreyer government. He helped launch pharmacare and student aid, but often said that his greatest satisfaction was “being in the first NDP cabinet in Manitoba.” In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. Following his political career, he served as Chairman of the Manitoba Telephone System (1981-1985). He died of cancer at Winnipeg on 1 September 1993. He is commemorated by Saul Miller Drive in Winnipeg. There are papers at the Archives of Manitoba.


“Schreyer aide earned respect,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1993, page 23.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1993, page 30.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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