Marc Miller (politician)

Justin Trudeau Liberal Party of Canada Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs

Marc Miller

Marc Miller (cropped).jpg
Miller in 2016
Minister of Indigenous Services
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded bySeamus O'Regan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
In office
August 31, 2018 – November 20, 2019
MinisterCarolyn Bennett
Preceded byYvonne Jones
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
In office
January 30, 2017 – August 30, 2018
MinisterAmarjeet Sohi
Preceded byPablo Rodriguez
Succeeded byMarco Mendicino
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding established
Personal details
Born (1973-03-12) March 12, 1973 (age 47)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Elin Sandberg Miller
ParentsCarman Miller
Pamela Gales
ResidenceWestmount, Quebec
Alma materUniversité de Montréal
McGill University
Military service
Allegiance Canada
Branch/service Canadian Army

Marc Miller PC MP (born March 12, 1973) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs in the House of Commons in the 2015 election. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, he is currently serving as Minister of Indigenous Services in the Federal Cabinet. Prior to entering politics, Miller was a lawyer with Stikeman Elliott and an infantry commander in the Canadian Army Primary Reserve.

Early life and career

The son of a Nova Scotian father and an anglophone Montrealer mother,[2] Miller attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in the 1980s at the same time as Justin Trudeau, and has been described variously as "a boyhood friend of Mr. Trudeau" and "one of [Trudeau's] oldest friends."[3][4][5] Miller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the Université de Montréal.[6]

Miller graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law in 2001 with common and civil law degrees.[7] Prior to his election was a practising lawyer with Stikeman Elliott.[5] Miller also previously served in the Canadian Army Primary Reserve as an infantry commander.[8]

Federal politics

Miller helped organize Trudeau's first run for office in Papineau in 2007.[9] He was an advisor and the fundraising director for Trudeau's successful run at the 2013 Liberal Party leadership election.[10]

Miller was elected to represent the riding of Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election.[11] After the election, he served as the chair of the Quebec Liberal Caucus of MPs.

On January 28, 2017 Miller was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.[8] On June 1, 2017, Miller delivered the first ever speech in the Mohawk language in the House of Commons. Miller said he had started taking language lessons from Zoe Hopkins in the spirit of reconciliation. He also wanted to demonstrate to the non-French speaking Liberal MPs whom he had urged to study French in his former role as the Quebec Liberal Caucus chair that it was possible to juggle learning a new language while performing their parliamentary duties.[12]

On August 31, 2018, he was moved to be the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations.[8]

On November 20, 2019 he was sworn in as Minister of Indigenous Services.

Personal life

Marc Miller married Elin Sandberg, a former Swedish diplomat, whom he met at a party while both were studying at the Université de Montréal.[13] Together, they have three children, two boys named Marius and Lukas and a girl named Eva.[14]

Miller, an anglophone, is fluently bilingual in both official languages.[12]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marc Miller 28,087 53.47 +2.65
New Democratic Sophie Thiébaut 8,274 15.75 -7.69
Bloc Québécois Nadia Bourque 6,899 13.13 +4.54
Conservative Michael Forian 4,609 8.78 -3.08
Green Liana Canton Cusmano 3,718 7.08 +2.3
People's Jean Langlais 520 0.99
Rhinoceros Tommy Gaudet 140 0.27 -0.05
Independent Louise B. O'Sullivan 117 0.22
No affiliation Marc Patenaude 113 0.22
Marxist–Leninist Linda Sullivan 45 0.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,522 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 601
Turnout 53,123
Eligible voters 88,117
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]
2015 Canadian federal election: Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marc Miller 25,491 50.82 +23.34 $104,027.97
New Democratic Allison Turner 11,757 23.44 -18.05 $76,667.01
Conservative Steve Shanahan 5,948 11.86 -0.05 $10,419.44
Bloc Québécois Chantal St-Onge 4,307 8.59 -7.44 $2,334.04
Green Daniel Green 2,398 4.78 +1.99 $84,091.06
Rhinoceros Daniel Wolfe 161 0.32
Communist Bill Sloan 102 0.20
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,164 100.00 $221,982.87
Total rejected ballots 435 0.86
Turnout 50,599 59.96
Eligible voters 84,387
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]


  1. ^ Miller, Marc (March 12, 2016). "Une sélection de bières du Comté pour ma fête! @joebeef @AdamScotti #BrasseurdeMontréal #Bierbrier". Twitter. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Kovacevic, Milos (February 25, 2014). "Liberal candidate for newly-formed Ville-Marie riding shares his views". The Concordian. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Daniel LeBlanc, Liberals rally team aiming to win back party strongholds in Montreal, The Globe and Mail, January 24, 2014.
  4. ^ P.A. Sevigny, Liberals' Marc Miller handily takes new riding of Ville-Marie, The Suburban, October 21, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Chan, Dave (April 5, 2014). "How Trudeau's high-school friend plans to win back a Liberal stronghold". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "McGill Law faces of Election 2015". September 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Eight Faculty of Law alumni win in their ridings". McGill University Faculty of Law. October 20, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Marc Miller". Library of Parliament. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Irwin Block, Justin Trudeau’s got what it takes, says Liberal hopeful Miller, The Senior Times, September 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Patriquin, Martin (May 7, 2014). "Questions raised about votes in Marc Miller's Liberal nomination". Maclean's. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Lau, Rachel (2015-10-19). "Liberal candidate Marc Miller elected in Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs". Global News. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
  12. ^ a b Tasker, John Paul (June 1, 2018). "Quebec Liberal MP Marc Miller employs Mohawk language lessons in the House". CBC News. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Murat, Philippe. "Senate Proceedings - Vote 2015 – Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs". CPAC. 8:06 and 26:24. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Miller, Marc (October 20, 2016). "Marc Miller, "Business of Supply" on Oct. 20th, 2016 |". Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Forty-Second General Election 2015 - Poll-by-poll results
  18. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits