David de Burgh Graham

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David Graham
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Laurentides—Labelle
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byMarc-André Morin
Personal details
Born (1981-07-29) July 29, 1981 (age 37)
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec
Political partyLiberal

David de Burgh Graham MP (born July 29, 1981) is an important player in the free software movement, a railfan, and a member of Parliament for the Liberal Party of Canada for the riding of Laurentides—Labelle.[2]

Early life[edit]

Graham was born on July 29, 1981,[3] and grew up in the Laurentides region. His great-grandfather was Hirsch Wolofsky, the founder of Keneder Adler (Canadian Eagle), a Yiddish-language newspaper in Montreal.[4] He is the great-great-nephew of Leon Crestohl,[3] who served as the MP for Cartier from 1950 until his death in 1963.[5] Judaism played an important part in his life. Graham attended Hebrew School as a child, and now considers himself a Reconstructionist Jew.[4]

Free Software Movement[edit]

At 18 years of age, Graham was an editor for the web sites of the FLOSS community DevChannel.org, freshmeat.net and later the news sites Newsforge.com and Linux.com controlled by the predecessors of Geeknet. He is co-founder[6] of the Open and Free Technology Community in late 2001 when OpenProjects.net split into OFTC and Freenode[7] where he was elected to four terms as president,[8] and remains as honorary adviser. In 2002, OFTC joined Software in the Public Interest and Graham was elected to the Board of Directors in January 2004.[9][10]


Graham is a noted railfan,[11][12] whose photos have appeared in several publications.[13][14] He is recognized as an expert in rail transportation and public transit[15][16][17][18][19] and the Guelph Mercury newspaper named him among the "Top 40 Under 40" for his work in public transit.[20]

Political career[edit]

Prior to his election, Graham worked as a political assistant for Liberal MP Scott Simms.[21] In October 2015, he was elected to Parliament for the riding of Laurentides—Labelle.[22]


  1. ^ "Liberal Jewish and Muslim MPs condemn imams who called for the death of Jews". nationalpost.com. 22 February 2017.
  2. ^ Rouleau, Yves (2014-09-24). "David Graham sera le candidat Libéral dans Laurentides--Labelle". L'information du nord. Transcontinental. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "PARLINFO - Parliamentarian File - Complete File - GRAHAM, David". Library of Parliament. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Lungren, Paul. "SIX JEWISH MPS HEAD TO OTTAWA". Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  5. ^ "PARLINFO - Parliamentarian File - Federal Experience - CRESTOHL, Leon David, Q.C., B.C.L." Library of Parliament. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Bruce Byfield (18 March 2009). "Linux Syndicate Launches Linux Magazine". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Linux.com :: Freenode and OFTC IRC networks buddy up". Linux.com. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. ^ Matt Black, Thomas Bliesener and Martin 'Joey' Schulze. (2002). "Debian Weekly News — December 17, 2002". Debian Weekly News. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  9. ^ "election results 2004". Software in the Public Interest. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  10. ^ "2008 board election". Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  11. ^ Moore, Oliver (4 September 2008). "An Iron Road Across The Permafrost". The Globe et Mail. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  12. ^ He is also an advocate for public transit. Particularly rail transportation. What's That About? (Season 2, episode 9 ) The Trainyard. The Knowledge Network. 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ Carr, Ken (2008-02-18). Route 66: The Class 66 Story. Visions International Entertainment Ltd. p. 100. ISBN 978-0955826405.
  14. ^ Graham, David. "the world of trains". railfan.ca. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  15. ^ O'Reilly, Nicole (2 December 2008). "GO Transit may get going via VIA Rail". Guelph Mercury. p. A4.
  16. ^ Hallett, Doug (7 March 2008). "Residents United in Retail Fight". Guelph Tribune.
  17. ^ Konieczna, Magda (7 March 2008). "GO junction proposed for Lafarge site". Guelph Mercury.
  18. ^ Thompson, Laura (24 September 2008). "Trains may stop in Guelph by 2011". Guelph Mercury.
  19. ^ Andrews, Phil (25 September 2008). "Getting on board with GO trains". Guelph Mercury.
  20. ^ "David Graham". Guelph Mercury. 27 June 2008. p. E5.
  21. ^ "Biography - David Graham - Your member of parliament for Laurentides—Labelle". davidgraham.ca.
  22. ^ Busque, Eric (20 October 2015). "Élections fédérales 2015: Majorité de 1 475 votes pour Graham". Retrieved 20 October 2015.