Member of Parliament for Laurentides—Labelle
David de Burgh Graham (born July 29th, 1981) is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurentides–Labelle, a rural region of Quebec known mainly for tourism and forestry.
Graham grew up in Saint-Lucie-des-Laurentides, near Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, where he still lives with his wife Mishiel and their daughter Ozara, as well as his parents Joseph and Sheila, on a small homestead, which was recognized by Mother Earth News magazine in 2012.
Prior to politics, he was heavily involved in the Free Software movement. He was a editor and journalist with Andover.net and its successor organisations, the Open Source Development Network, Open Source Technology Group, VA Linux, and Sourceforge, for the websites Linux.com, Newsforge.com, Devchannel.org, and freshmeat.net.
Graham served three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Software in Public Interest over eight years. He was a co-founder of the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC), where he served as chair and later as ombudsman. He remains the only honourary advisor to the project. OFTC, now ranked as the seventh largest IRC network in the world, provides a reliable communication platform for open source projects.
After working for five years as a political assistant for numerous federal MPs, David Graham was selected as candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) in Laurentides–Labelle in 2014. On October 19th, 2015, he became the Member of Parliament; the first Liberal to win there in decades.
In Parliament, he sits on four standing committees: Procedure and House Affairs (PROC), Natural Resources (RNNR), Industry, Science and Technology (INDU), and Public Safety and National Security (SECU). He is also the Founder and Treasurer of the National Liberal Rural Caucus.
David Graham is both passionate about railways and a public transport advocate. Many of his railway photos have been published in magazines, catalogs and books from several countries. In addition to being a railway enthusiast, he holds a private airplane pilot’s license since 2007 and he has been a volunteer and board member of many small community and charitable organizations.
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