A lawyer by profession, Miller is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School and Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics.
Miller is well known as a social activist and for being left-wing. He supports the New Democratic Party and has a picture of Tommy Douglas upon the wall of his office. As an NDP candidate, he lost a federal election in Parkdale-High Park in 1993 and narrowly lost a provincial by-election in York South-Weston in 1996.
In the November 2000 issue of Toronto Life magazine, he was given an A+ in a list of Toronto City Councillors, described as "the best of the bunch, hands down." Although a relative unknown in Toronto until his candidacy for mayor, Miller led the push to expose Toronto's MFP computer leasing scandal.
In the 2003 mayoral election, Miller's primary campaign promise was to block a proposal to build a bridge to the Toronto City Centre Airport.
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As a councillor
Miller was first elected to the then Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto council in 1994.
In 1997 he was elected to the new City of Toronto council.
In 2000 he was re-elected, representing Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park.
Committees and Agencies
As a mayor
2003 Toronto election
See also: 2003 Ontario municipal elections