Michael Miltenberger

J. Michael Miltenberger (born March 17, 1951 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a former carpenter and a former territorial level politician from northern Canada.

J. Michael Miltenberger
Miltenberger in 2006
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories for Thebacha
In office
October 16, 1995  November 23, 2015
Preceded byJeannie Marie-Jewell
Succeeded byLouis Sebert
Personal details
J. Michael Miltenberger

April 17, 1951
Ottawa, Ontario
EducationArctic College
Known forPolitician

Early life

J. Michael Miltenberger was born in Ottawa. His family moved to Northern Canada in 1962. He attended post secondary education at the University of Lethbridge and Arctic College.[1]

Political career

Miltenberger began his political career on the municipal level. He served on the town council including two years as mayor for the town of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories from 1983 to 1989.[2]

Miltenberger first ran for a seat in the Northwest Territories Legislature in the 1995 Northwest Territories general election. He defeated former speaker and cabinet minister Jeannie Marie-Jewell to win his first term in office. He ran for re-election in the 1999 general election defeating Marie-Jewell for the second time. He was appointed to the executive council as the Minister of Health and Social Services.[3]

Miltenberger ran for a third term in the 2003 general election, he solidified his popularity winning his district with 65% of the vote over challenging candidate Don Torangeau.[3] He won a fourth term on October 1, defeating current Fort Smith mayor Peter Martselos and Marie-Jewell. He was elected to cabinet by his colleagues in the Legislative Assembly, and appointed by Premier Floyd Roland as deputy premier and minister for environment and natural resources.

After serving as finance minister and environment minister, Miltenberger sought a record sixth term in the 2015 general election, but was defeated.[4]

Human rights complaint

A human rights complaint was filed against Miltenberger in connection with a December 9, 2011 incident in which a trans woman alleged that the Government of the Northwest Territories and Miltenberger denied her access to facilities customarily available to the public – Aurora College - because she is transgender.[5] In 2013, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission found that gender-identity was not a factor in the matter, that there was no connection between Miltenberger's words or actions and the complainant's transgenderism, and that while the complainant was denied access to school facilities, the denial was not related to her gender identity. Her complaint was dismissed. [6]


  1. "Michael Miltenberger biography". Northwest Territories Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  2. "Michael Miltenberger biography". ZoomInfo Business People Information. September 25, 2000. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  3. "Thebacha riding profile". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
  4. Chris Windeyer, "Voters deliver a blunt demand for change," CBC News, Nov. 24, 2015, URL accessed Nov. 24, 2015.
  5. "Human rights complaint launched against N.W.T. minister". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  6. Landrie v Miltenberger, 2013 CanLII 29312 (NT HRAP)
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