On 21 August 1999 Premier Clark resigned suddenly after allegations of criminal behaviour involving approval of a questionable casino application. An emergency NDP caucus meeting followed after public support for the party fell to nearly 16%, and Miller was selected to become the province's 32nd premier on 25 August. Steady and uncontroversial, Miller was the logical choice to replace Clark as interim leader, bringing structure to a failing party that had been fraught with controversy, suspected scandal and internal animosity spanning several leaderships. Despite considerable encouragement, Miller decided not to seek re-election and subsequently was replaced by Ujjal DOSANJH at a formal party convention in February 2000.
Miller left politics shortly after 2000 but he has remained an integral member of the provincial NDP, both in determining its policies and selecting its leaders. He has since held positions in provincial pipeline and forestry companies and has served as an advisor for the BC government's offshore oil and gas development team.
Author LORRAINE SNYDER
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