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Memorable Manitobans: Miles H. Pepper (1930-2007)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Winnipeg in 1930, son of Alexander Miles Pepper and Harriet Martha Rattenbury, he was educated at Isaac Brock School, Daniel Mclntyre Collegiate (President of the student body, 1948-1949), and the University of Manitoba (Commerce, 1952). He worked for a year at the Bank of Nova Scotia then returned to the University of Manitoba and enrolled in law, graduating in 1957, and also served as Students’ Union Treasurer (1954) and President (1955).

He worked at Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) from 1957 to 1959 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1959. He practiced law until late 1960 then was seconded to Imperial Chemical Industries at London, England (1965-1966) before rejoining CIL in 1966. He joined the Federal Department of Justice in 1970, becoming Director of Legal Services to the Privy Council in 1980. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1976. ln early 1986, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Chief Legislative Counsel for the Province of Manitoba with primary responsibility for completion of English and French versions of the Revised Statutes of Manitoba.

He returned to Ottawa at the end of 1987 as Secretary of the Statute Revision Commission where he worked on the Revised Statutes of Canada. He transferred to Yellowknife, North West Territories in 1990 to be Chief Legislative Counsel with additional responsibility for the re-enactment of the NWT Statutes in French. He stayed there as Assistant Deputy Minister until retirement in 1995, at which time he returned to Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 September 2007 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 2007.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2019

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