Former New Democrat premier Dan Miller is working under contract for the Campbell administration, Public Eye has learned. Mr. Miller was directly awarded that contract in early January "to provide strategic advice and guidance regarding key labour issues" to the government's offshore oil and gas development team. Communications director Steve Simons added that Mr. Miller will also be "facilitating conversations and linkages" between the team and British Columbia's unions. Mr. Simons declined to disclose the value of the contract but said it runs till the end of the fiscal year.
Mr. Miller has previously and publicly voiced support for the Liberal's controversial offshore oil and gas development and British Columbia Rail privatization policies, resulting in much weeping and gnashing of teeth among fellow New Democrats. Jack Ebbels, the man in charge of the offshore oil and gas development team, was Mr. Miller's deputy when the former premier was the minister of energy and mines.