Alan R. Graham

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Alan R. Graham
MLA
Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
In office
November 18, 1974 – October 19, 1998
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Shawn Graham
Constituency Kent
Personal details
Born (1942-06-20) June 20, 1942 (age 72)
Main River, New Brunswick
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) 1) Sharon Crothers
2) Constance Tramley
Children 5 children
Parents Harrison M. Graham &
Nell H. Ross
Residence Richibucto, New Brunswick
Education University of Moncton
Occupation Farmer, businessman, politician
Religion Anglican

Alan Robert Graham (born June 20, 1942) is a retired Canadian politician in the Province of New Brunswick and he is the father of Shawn Graham, who was Premier of New Brunswick from 2006 to 2010.

Family history[edit]

Alan Graham, the longest serving consecutive term of anyone in the history of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is a son of Harrison Michael Graham born June 20, 1901, Rexton, Kent County, died 1983 burial at Richibucto Protestant Cemetery. His spouse is noted as Nellie Harris Ross, born July 24, 1900 she died in 1958 and was a daughter of Matilda Graham born May 29, 1866, died 1940, and William J. Ross. This Matilda Graham was a daughter of John Graham born 1824, England and Matilda Fearon born 1829, Prince Edward Island and also noted on census reports to be of English origin.

Longevity[edit]

Graham served the longest consecutive term of anyone in the history of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, being re-elected in 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1991 and 1995.

Liberal politics[edit]

A Liberal, supporter of the government of Louis Robichaud from 1967–1970 and then served in opposition for 17 years until the Liberals returned to government by winning every seat in the 1987 election. Graham served in the cabinets of Frank McKenna and Ray Frenette but resigned his seat in 1998 and in the subsequent Kent County by-election, the community continued to support the Graham family and his son Shawn Graham was elected as MLA in 1998 and would go on to become leader of the Liberals in 2002, and win the 2006 election.

Later political career[edit]

Graham was the Minister of Agriculture from 1987–1991, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy from 1991 to 1998 and served on Cabinet committees of Policy and Priorities, Board of Management, and Budget. From 1997-1998, he was Deputy Premier of New Brunswick. During his political career, Graham served on numerous Legislative Committees. While in opposition, he acted as critic for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Housing, Health, and Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. He was also Liberal Caucus Chairperson and Opposition House Leader. He was first appointed a member of the former Atomic Energy Control Board in 1999, and has since been reappointed a member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He has been a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a member of the Board of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and an Honorary President of the Atlantic Canada Woodworking Centre of Excellence.

References[edit]

Provincial Government of Ray Frenette
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
himself in
McKenna government
Minister of Natural Resources
1997-1998
Doug Tyler
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
Ray Frenette Deputy Premier of New Brunswick
1997-1998
Doug Tyler
Provincial Government of Frank McKenna
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Morris V. Green Minister of Natural Resources
1991-1997
himself in
Frenette government
Malcolm MacLeod Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
1987-1991
Gerald Clavette