Hon. Dale Graham
Dale Allison Graham, the MLA for Carleton was re-elected to the Legislature in the provincial election held September 27, 2010. He was elected Speaker of the 57th Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick October 27, 2010. He chaired the Legislative Administration Committee.
Mr. Graham was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as the Progressive Conservative Party member for Carleton North in a by-election on June 28, 1993. After redistribution, he was re-elected in the general elections held September 11, 1995, and June 7, 1999, to represent the riding of Carleton.
As a member of the official Opposition, he served on the select committees on land use and the rural environment; and gasoline pricing. He was also on the standing committees on privileges and law amendments. He chaired the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He was the official Opposition whip and the critic for natural resources, mines and energy and supply and services.
On June 21, 1999, he was sworn in as Minister of Supply and Services and as Deputy Premier.
He was re-elected June 9, 2003, and was sworn in as Minister of Supply and Services and Deputy Premier on June 27, 2003. On July 22, 2005, he was appointed Acting Minister of Environment and Local Government. On February 14, 2006, he was sworn in as Minister of Human Resources and Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. He was a member of the Board of Management and the Policy and Priorities Committee of Cabinet.
He was re-elected to the 56th legislature on September 18, 2006. He was the official Opposition critic for interests relating to intergovernmental affairs. He was a member of the Standing Committees on Crown Corporations and Legislative Officers.
He was born in Woodstock and attended local schools in Centreville. He is a former restaurant and bake shop owner. He was vice-president of the Carleton North Progressive Conservative Association and offered as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1991 provincial election.
Mr. Graham has a long history of contribution to his community. He was a school trustee in districts 30 and 13; a member of the steering committee of Centreville "Project Splash"; a director of Carleton-York Community Futures; and vice-president of the Centreville Chamber of Commerce. He is a member and a deacon of the Centreville Baptist Church.
Mr. Graham and his wife, the former Shelley McDougall, have four children and ten grandchildren.